It is a serious situation any time somebody suffers a blow to the head. Some people who sustain a head injury that seems minor at the time fail to take it seriously enough. They might decide not to see a doctor because they are sure they are “fine,” or that they have suffered a “minor” concussion that will not give them any problems.

The fact is, there is no such thing as “minor” brain trauma. If you suffer a blow to the head in an auto accident, workplace incident, while playing sports, or another event, you could end up with debilitating symptoms for weeks or months, if not longer. These symptoms, including pain, dizziness, mood swings and sensitivity to light, could force to stop working and otherwise limit your independence.

Countering the conventional wisdom about recovery time

As an example of why you should never discount the severity of a brain injury, a new study finds that recovery from relatively mild brain trauma can take longer than the current expectation of 10 to 14 days. Researchers found that most patients it included in their study were still affected two weeks after their injury, and it was not until four weeks afterward that most patients were healed.

Conventional medical wisdom holds that a mild concussion should be healed within about 10 days. But of the patients whose medical histories were included in the study, only 45% had recovered after 14 days. Not until four weeks had passed had 77% of patients recovered, with virtually all patients recovered by the eight-week point.

The study focused mostly on men with a median age of 20. This could suggest that older people with a “mild” traumatic brain injury could face an even longer recovery.

Seeking fair compensation after a brain injury

For those who need expensive medical treatment and must miss work because of a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, there could be a chance at full compensation. A personal injury attorney can assess your case and tell you how the process of seeking financial compensation works.