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What is a mild traumatic brain injury?

Stories of traumatic brain injuries in Pima likely bring up thoughts of people suffering severe neurological damage that either leaves them in a persistent vegetative state or reliant on around-the clock care for the rest of their lives. However, such severe injuries make up very little of the overall percentage of TBI’s suffered in the U.S. The vast majority of these injuries fall into the category of mild traumatic brain injuries. This fact may prompt you to ask what are MTBI’s, and what sort of toll can they exact on your life should you suffer from one.

Mild traumatic brain injuries resulting from head trauma typically leave you disoriented or confused for 30 minutes or less. Swelling in the brain often follows such trauma, hindering your memory and, in some cases, your consciousness. The signs and symptoms of an MTBI typically include:

  •          Confusion
  •          Dizziness
  •          Seizures
  •          Sensitivity to light

Many times, the effects of an MTBI are not readily apparent. Thus, if you or a family member suffers head trauma, you should remain cognizant of any symptoms for hours or even days after the accident.

The good news about MTBI’s is that most who suffer from them will fully recover. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 15 percent of MTBI victims will experience symptoms for up to a year. This fact no doubt contributes to the estimated $17 billion that it costs to deal with MBTI’s annually. On a personal level, these costs can include medical expenses, as well as time away from work while recovering. These economic factors may influence your decision on whether or not to seek compensation from those responsible for the accident that left you with an MTBI. 

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