A minor brain injury can make even the simplest job difficult or impossible to perform. Unless you have a "drone job" that requires very little critical thinking or attention, suffering a minor brain injury may completely destroy your career, and do it quickly.
One of the most difficult things about minor brain injuries is that they don't always cause symptoms immediately, so a victim may experience a blow to the head and think that they didn't suffer any damage because their head doesn't hurt afterward and they don't notice any immediate side effects.
After any significant blow to the head, it is important to go see your doctor or medical care provider and ask them to examine you for a mild traumatic brain injury. If they find any evidence of an injury, you can begin working toward recovery and keep your rights protected more easily.
Cognitive changes after a mild TBI
Mild TBIs can cause many different symptoms, but some are more destructive in the long-term. Some of the most damaging symptoms are changes to the victim's personality and their ability to understand text and speech.
A mild TBI may make a job nearly impossible, and if your employer and coworkers don't understand how serious your injury is, they may hold you personally responsible for a sudden change in the quality of your work, rather than your injury.
Mild TBIs often make it difficult or impossible for victims to complete simple or familiar tasks, let alone think critically about complex problems. If your work requires quick decision-making, a mild TBI may grind your productivity to a halt.
When a TBI victim struggles to complete a task that they expected to be easy, things go from bad to worse. These injuries also commonly cause victims to overreact in frustration, which can quickly cause larger problems in a professional environment.
To make things even more complicated, mild TBI victims often misinterpret text and speech, which can lead to many miscommunications with their colleagues and in their personal relationships.
Your future deserves protection
If you suffered a blow to the the head, you may have a more serious injury than you realize. Do not wait to seek out proper medical care from a professional to avoid suffering more than necessary.
It is also important to keep your legal rights protected throughout your recovery process, so that your professional life does not suffer while you work to overcome your injury and regain your previous capabilities.