Traumatic brain injuries are common among both those who have served in the military and among the civilian population. However, signs and symptoms of TBI may be misunderstood, which could lead to a misdiagnosis. For instance, some believe that a TBI cannot occur unless an individual loses consciousness. While many who suffer a brain injury may do so, it is not necessary for a TBI diagnosis to be made.
It is also a common belief that a lack of external bleeding means that no brain injury has occurred. It is possible for internal bleeding to occur, which could have a lasting impact on an individual. Any individuals who have suffered a blow to the head may have a brain injury, even if they are walking, talking and otherwise acting normally.
The severity of a TBI does not necessarily determine how it will affect an individual. Mild TBIs can cause subtle changes such a fatigue or sleep issues. They can also cause changes in mood, headaches and memory issues. As symptoms may be subtle and vary from one person to another, recovering from a TBI is not a straightforward process. While some may recover within days or weeks, others may need more time and support to get past their symptoms and fully recover from their injury.
Individuals who suffer from a brain injury may not even realize the extent of their injuries right away. However, they may still be entitled to compensation from those who caused the injury. It may also be possible to gain compensation from a medical professional who failed to diagnose the injury. A financial award can make it possible to pay medical bills and other costs related to treatment of a TBI.