10 Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Few types of injuries are as serious and deadly as head injuries. Head injuries can be extremely damaging, and they may result in brain damage, memory problems, mood changes, and several other problems ranging from mild to serious. Unfortunately, brain injuries are quite common and can occur nearly anytime and anywhere.
If you believe you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or if you have a loved one who was harmed, you should know the potential warning signs to ensure you respond quickly to an emergency situation. If left untreated, traumatic brain injuries can be fatal, or they may lead to lasting brain damage and other serious harm.
To prevent serious, lasting harm, make sure you look out for the following symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Unusual fatigue
- Mood swings
- Visual problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor reasoning skills
- Trouble sleeping
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Taste changes
- Vomiting and nausea
- Loss of consciousness
- Pupils are dilated
- Poor coordination
- Slurred speech
Any of these symptoms can indicate a head injury, ranging from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. In more serious cases, the injured individual might also experience seizures, convulsions, depression, memory loss, loss of consciousness for an extended period of time, or the draining of clear fluid from the ears or nose. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to see a doctor immediately.
Seeking Medical Care
Through x-rays and MRI scans, a doctor should be able to identify the problem and provide the necessary care. In many cases, the individual may just need rest to recuperate. However, injuries that are more serious may require more extensive medical treatment or brain surgery. These treatments can be complex and costly, which is one of the many reasons it’s important to determine liability after a serious injury.
If you suffered a head injury because of someone else’s negligence or mistake, you might have cause to take legal action against the liable party. Brain injuries might occur as the result of a slip and fall incident, which might render the property owner liable. On the other hand, if the accident occurred because of a motor vehicle accident, the driver or vehicle manufacturer might be responsible for the resulting damage.
Whatever the cause, if your injury was the result of someone’s carelessness, you should do your part to hold the liable party responsible and seek compensation for your injuries. Compensation for damages can include medical bills, future medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact Kershaw, Cook & Talley to discuss your potential TBI case with our firm. Our experienced attorneys can help.