Head Trauma Victims Not Getting Adequate Follow-Up Treatment
Media reports in recent years have brought attention to the serious effects that even seemingly mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) like concussions can have on those who experience them. Despite this growing public awareness, a new study shows that, by and large, those who experience head trauma are not receiving adequate follow-up care even when there are moderate to severe symptoms.
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Study shows lack of follow up treatment despite post-concussion symptoms
According to the study, published in late May 2018 to the JAMA Network, a significant proportion of patients who experience serious symptoms do not follow up with a medical professional.
The study tracked data from 831 patients who visited emergency department with a mild traumatic brain injury. Forty-two percent reported receiving educational materials when they were discharged and 44% reported that they had seen a medical provider within three months after the injury. Significantly among those who had three or more moderate to severe symptoms after their concussion, only 52% followed up with a medical practitioner within three months.
Importance of care following TBI
Though the term “concussion” can sound less serious, it is important to remember that a concussion can disrupt brain function. Sometimes the seriousness can be immediately apparent but often it is not. Many days can pass before the seriousness of a mild TBI is recognizable. The recent JAMA study illustrates that even when signs of a more serious problem are present, in nearly half the cases, patients are not seeking follow-up medical attention.
There are some symptoms that should not be ignored after a head injury. If you or someone close to you experiences any of the following after a TBI, please be sure to see a doctor or another medical professional.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or Lightheadedness
- Impaired motor skills including poor coordination or balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Changed sleep patterns
Repeated concussions are especially alarming because they can lead to long-term injuries. This has led California lawmakers to pass laws to protect youth athletes from head injuries and led California courts to recognize the validity of claims of professional athletes against the organizations that allow them to suffer repeated head blows.
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Sometimes brain injuries are mild and heal without lasting effects. Other times, they can lead to a lifetime of pain, impairment, and bills. Obtaining proper follow-up care is an important part in assessing the scope of the injury.
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI and you believe someone else may be at fault, speak with a Los Angeles brain injury attorney for a case evaluation. At Ellis Injury Law, we understand what you are going through and are ready to fight for fair compensation. The consultation is free, and all information is confidential.
Additional TBI treatment resources:
- JAMANetwork, Assessment of Follow-Up Care After Emergency Department Presentation for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2681571
- Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: Traumatic brain injury, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302
- Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: Concussion, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/home/ovc-20273153