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Can a TBI remain hidden?

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be myriad and range from intrusive to life-changing. Unfortunately, not all of the symptoms are readily apparent and might take hours or days to appear. Individuals might experience subtle or dramatic mood changes and have no idea what is triggering the personality swing.

Many times, a TBI can remain hidden from diagnostic testing. Hidden, in this case, can refer to the fact that symptoms cannot be tied to the injury, generally due to the length of time that has elapsed. Insurance will typically cover immediate, standard care but some symptoms, such as cognitive disturbances, can come six months to a year after the accident.

Common symptoms can include:

  • Memory loss
  • Persistent headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty distinguishing voices

As these symptoms continue compounding, overlapping and getting more severe it can be difficult for victims to live and maintain gainful employment. If symptoms go unchecked and a TBI diagnosis is not made, the victim faces devastating lifestyle challenges. In many scenarios, the injured individual has no inclination of the severity of the injury. In fact, family members and close friends will likely recognize mood changes well before the sufferer.

After serious motor vehicle accident, it is crucial that you work with a trusted medical professional to ensure a thorough course of diagnostic tests are completed. Seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your options for monetary compensation.


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