When a California car accident, work accident or other type of incident causes you to suffer a serious blow to your head, you may experience what is known as a traumatic brain injury. Typically classified in terms of severity as either minor, moderate or severe, traumatic brain injuries can impact virtually every area of your life, from your ability to speak and recall events to your ability to interact with others in the manner you always have.

Per Brainline, while a “minor” traumatic brain injury is a less-severe type of brain injury, it can still have a serious long-term impact on your overall quality of life. While, in some cases, symptoms may occur and then seemingly disappear soon after, symptoms can also prove quite serious, and in some instances, they can affect you for quite some time. In fact, about 15 percent of all mild traumatic brain injury sufferers continue to suffer symptoms that are serious enough to severely debilitate them.

Part of the problem with mild traumatic brain injuries is that people who suffer them, whether through abuse, participation in contact sports or what have you, may mistakenly believe their symptoms will quickly subside. If, for example, you suffer a blow to the head, but you never lose consciousness, your doctor may send you home and tell you to take it easy, but that you will more than likely be fine over time.

Once you have your doctor’s word, you may not take any new or reemerging symptoms seriously, because you already believe that you are on the road to getting better. Additionally, if you never lose consciousness after your injury, you may not seek medical attention at all, although, over time, you may begin to experience forgetfulness or other issues relating to your injury.

This information about the aftermath of a brain injury is educational in nature and not a substitute for legal advice.