Concussions and Head Injury
Common Accident Injury: Traumatic Brain Injury
Usually, a person sustains a brain injury when they have suffered some sort of trauma to the head. One very common cause of TBI (Traumatic brain injury) is an auto accident. However, it is also possible to sustain an injury from an accident at work.
A brain injury can range in severity from mild concussions to significant brain tissue damage, and the victim of an accident may not immediately realize that they have had a brain injury after an accident.
According to physicians, some TBI victims complain of symptoms such as headaches and drowsiness.
It would be wise to watch for signs or symptoms of head trauma. If a person has suffered any injury, it is crucial to get checked out by a medical professional right away. Be persistent with your doctor if your symptoms do not go away. Some doctors can easily fail to diagnose problems resulting from brain injuries. With brain injuries, such failures to diagnose can be fatal.
If you are experiencing pain from your injuries after a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately.
What are the signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
The signs and symptoms of mild brain injury may include:
∙ Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
∙ No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
∙ Dizziness or loss of balance
∙ Nausea or vomiting
∙ Sensitivity to light or sound
∙ Mood changes or mood swings
∙ Fatigue or drowsiness
∙ Difficulty sleeping
Moderate to severe brain injuries can include any of the signs and symptoms of mild injury, as well as the following symptoms that may appear within the first hours to days after a head injury:
∙ Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
∙ Profound confusion
∙ Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
∙ Slurred speech
∙ Inability to awaken from sleep
∙ Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
∙ Loss of coordination
∙ Persistent headache or headache that worsens
∙ Repeated vomiting or nausea
∙ Convulsions or seizures
∙ Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
∙ Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
Please keep in mind the terms “mild,” “moderate” and “severe” are used to describe the effect of the injury on brain function. A mild injury to the brain is still a serious injury that requires prompt attention and an accurate diagnosis. If you have received a blow to the head or body that concerns you or causes noticeable changes to your consciousness- Seek emergency medical care immediately.
Have you or a loved one suffered TBI after an accident? Call Attorney James Murphy at 770-577-3020 for a FREE legal consultation and case evaluation.