An injury to the brain caused by serious physical trauma is referred to as a traumatic brain injury. Incidents such as auto accidents and slip-and-falls can result in traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, TBIs are often life-altering. Head injuries can be very complicated as the symptoms may not appear right away. However, you must seek immediate medical attention after any type of accident to ensure you receive the proper medical care to prevent further issues. Keep reading to learn about the signs of a traumatic brain injury and how our seasoned Prince George’s County Personal Injury Attorneys can help you navigate your legal options.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury usually results from a sudden violent blow to the head or body or an object piercing the skull. TBIs often result in permanent disability or death. TBIs are classified as either mild, moderate, or severe. Depending on the severity of a TBI, you may experience a variety of symptoms. TBIs are most commonly caused when an individual suffers a violent jolt to the head or body. For instance, when a car accident occurs, the forceful impact causes the head and body to be jerked in a forward and backward motion. This causes the brain to collide with the skull, which results in serious damage to the brain. Depending on the area of the brain damaged, this type of head injury often has debilitating effects.
What are some common signs of a TBI that I should be aware of?
Following any type of accident, even if your injuries seem minor, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. As mentioned above, the effects of a traumatic brain injury are often debilitating. They cause individuals to experience cognitive decline. Many believe they are perfectly fine after an accident, however, the signs of a traumatic brain injury depending on the severity may not have immediate effects. The symptoms may not appear until a few hours or a couple of days after an accident. Regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, you should be examined and treated by a healthcare professional. After any type of accident where you suffer a violent jolt to the head or body, you should be aware of the following:
- If you have persistent headaches.
- If you have slurred speech or sensory problems.
- If you experience loss of consciousness.
- If you experience seizures or conclusions.
- If you experience continuous nausea or vomiting.
- If you experience fatigue or drowsiness.
- If you experience a loss of coordination.
- If you experience sensitivity to light or sound.
- If you experience behavior or mood changes.
- If you experience memory issues or have trouble thinking clearly.
- If you experience concentration or attention issues.
- If you experience an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you care about has sustained a traumatic brain injury, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our compassionate and determined attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.