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A traumatic brain injury may not appear bad at first

With some traumatic brain injuries, it's very obvious that people have been injured. They lose consciousness, they have trouble speaking, and they show other clear physical signs. However, it's important to remember that not all TBIs look the same, and some may not come with the normal set of signs.

Take, for example, the case of a young girl who was riding on a school bus. Another bus was driving behind the first one, and it rear-ended the girl's bus. The impact knocked her forward and her head hit the seat she was facing.

The girl did not spend even a single night in a local hospital. She did not fall unconscious, not right after the accident or during the rest of the day. She did not have the obvious signs that many people look for.

However, symptoms began showing up in the months and years to come, showing that she'd suffered a TBI after all. She got severe headaches and struggled with her short-term memory. She was often tired and had functionality issues. Her moods and emotions became erratic.

The family said that she used to be happy, athletic, and tough. She was drawn to music and horseback riding. After she got hurt, though, she would cry or become angry very easily. She struggled with her old hobbies and skills. She would often get tired or grow frustrated far faster than she had in the past.

This story shows that it's important to take every head injury seriously, no matter how minor it seems. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a situation like this, you may be able to get financial compensation in Ohio.

Source: Brainline, "Libby's Story," accessed Sep. 23, 2016

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