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What is a mild brain injury?

The moment the term “brain injury” starts to be thrown around when describing accidents in Bozeman, you, like many others, may immediately fear the worst. While every brain should be taken seriously, a majority that occur are described as being mild. What is a mild brain injury? Knowing the answer to this question may give you a good idea as to what level your loved one who may have sustained it can expect to recover, and what sort of expenses he or she may be facing in the future.

According to The Brain Injury Association of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined a mild brain injury as any that results from trauma to the head in which any of the following conditions are observed in the immediate aftermath:

  •          Confusion, disorientation, or impaired consciousness.
  •          Memory deficits.
  •          Vomiting, headache, dizziness, fatigue, or seizures.
  •          Loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes.

These symptoms are the result of the soft tissue of the brain slamming against the hard inner surface of the skull. When this happens, not only is the brain tissue damaged, but so too are neural axons which affect how the brain processes information.

Although these brain injuries are termed to be mild, there is no guarantee of a swift and speedy recovery. You may notice continued mental impairments in your loved for months following his or her injury. The time and effort required to recover from a mild brain injury may require that he or she miss work, or even have to go through memory rehabilitation in hopes of regaining the same level of mental sharpness. These are factors that should be considered when determining whether or not to pursue legal action in the wake of his or her accident. 

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