Why is it that a brain injury may not be first diagnosed until long after the accident?
There are a couple of reasons. First, people are really looking for orthopedic injuries initially. They’re looking to see if you’ve broken bones, if you’re having trouble getting around or walking. Those are the things that stand out usually.Then second, brain injuries are really subtle. They often don’t become apparent for several months, and it’s after you’ve had a repeated problem with forgetting something, finding words, concentrating, once you’re back to work and you’re seeing that that’s not going well, at that point, people really start to notice.It’s something to watch for. Ask your loved ones, do they notice a difference in you? What have they noticed since you were injured? It’s hard to figure, but there are people who can help you and we can help you navigate that process as well.