Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) Often Go Undiagnosed

xbrain2.jpgIn West Virginia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is often the result of an auto accident, motorcycle accident or sporting accident. TBI can range from mild to severe and can exhibit a variety of symptoms. MTBI, or Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, is very common but often goes undiagnosed because people who have MTBI simply dismiss the symptoms as being “normal” after an accident or traumatic event.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, MTBI is synonymous with the term “concussion.” If you keep up with the National Football League (NFL) or any other professional sport for that matter, you’ll know this term quite well. Concern over the number of concussions that NFL players are suffering has led to much discussion regarding changing the rules players must abide by after head injuries. This is because repeated concussions can cause permanent brain damage and other severe repercussions.

The same concerns ring true for car accident and other personal injury victims. MTBI symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light, confusion, blurred vision and changes in mood and behavior – all things that most people would just attribute to the shock of an accident. However, these signs are more than just that; they can be serious indicators of brain injury. The CDC has created an evaluation tool for doctors to use to accurately diagnose MTBI. The system is called ACE (Acute Concussion Evaluation) and it provides physicians with evidence-based protocol to use when examining patients.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident or other traumatic event recently, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel “fine.” From there, you need to speak to a West Virginia personal injury lawyer to see if you can recover damages for your injuries. Serious symptoms of brain injuries may not present themselves immediately, and it’s critical to obtain an accurate diagnosis.