Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most serious injuries one could suffer is injuries to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, can have a long-lasting impact on your quality life. Major accidents like car wrecks are often responsible for TBIs, however a brain injury can be caused by an impact to your head. TBIs are not always apparent immediately, so it’s crucial to look for the signs following any head injury or impact.
What is a TBI?
TBIs happen when the head or neck impact causes the brain to move violently. These injuries can also occur when an object penetrates the skull and brain tissue. A TBI can range anywhere from mild to severe, and even fatal. The results can be temporary or lifelong damage you have to live with.
The main concern when it comes to TBI incidents is that the symptoms are typically not immediate. When you are in a car accident, you may feel fine at first, but symptoms can develop days, or even weeks after. Because of this, many TBI go completely undiagnosed or the cause is misdiagnosed.
Symptoms of Mild TBI
If you fall and hit your head, you may develop a bruise or bump but still feel fine. You may have still sustained a mild to moderate TBI despite feeling okay. Some symptoms you need to look for for the following weeks includes:
- Vertigo or Dizziness
- Changes in Sense – blurred vision, odd smells, different tastes, slurred speech, or ringing ears.
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Behavioral or Cognitive Changes – mood swings, mental fogs, memory issues, anxiety, and changes in your sleep cycle.
Though a lot of these symptoms can be due to other issues, when you have more than one after a head injury you should see a doctor immediately. Many mild TBI cases can heal on their own or be a temporary issue, but it is still better to be safe and seek medical care than to risk developing long-term issues.
Symptoms of Moderate to Severe TBI
When the brain suffers from heavy impact or puncture, it can result in moderate or severe TBIs that can have permanent issues. It is crucial to seek treatment for your TBI when you experience any of the following symptoms after head trauma:
- Severe Headaches
- Sensory Changes
- Dilation of One or Both Pupils
- Loss of Consciousness – ranging from minutes, to hours, to comatose.
- Weakness, Tingling, or Numbness in Your Toes or Fingers
- Seizures of Convulsions
- Slurred Speech
- Behavioral Changes – anger, agitation, depression, etc.
Severe TBI can cause long-term medical care to treat anything from behavioral, mental, or physical changes. Knowing the early symptoms can guarantee you receive medical care as soon as possible.
Personal Injury TBI Claims
Victims with TBI can require long-term medical care for their injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered a severe TBI from a fall, vehicle wreck, or trauma caused by another’s negligence, you will need an experienced legal team to fight for your right to compensation and care. At Action Legal Group, we have the expertise and experience required to bring a strong legal defense to your case. Contact our offices immediately to get the protection you need as you focus on recovery.