Rear-end collisions happen every day, and people often walk away from them thinking they have no injuries.
However, in a vehicle crash of any kind, the victim could experience a minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI). It is important to understand the impact such an injury can have.
To date, no standard definitions exist for MTBI and related impairments. However, the overall description is a head injury resulting from blunt trauma. Other terms for a minor traumatic brain injury include concussion or minor head trauma.
Health care professionals have become aware that an MTBI is anything but mild since evidence shows there can be serious consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Work Group, which is a group of experts who are studying MTBIs and related issues. Of the 1.5 million people who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually in the U.S., up to 75% suffer from an MTBI.
MTBI symptoms and treatment
The impact of even a minor collision can cause the body to release adrenaline, which can disguise pain and injury temporarily. Consequently, symptoms of an MTBI may not appear for hours or days after the crash. The most common complaints include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, balance issues, trouble concentrating and mood swings.
Because symptoms are often slow to develop, the victim of a vehicle crash needs to seek prompt medical care so a doctor can order tests that will reveal any underlying injuries. Early treatment is essential since an MTBI can produce long-term neurological impairment and the need for ongoing care.
If another driver’s negligence caused the injury, the victim has a right to expect compensation to cover current and future medical expenses and more.