What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury


April 23, 2016

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most serious injuries that can be sustained in an accident. A TBI can range in severity from mild to severe. At times, TBIs will leave the victim with permanent disabilities, but a TBI victim's prognosis can depend on how quickly they seek medical attention. Thus, it is imperative to recognize the signs and symptoms of a TBI.

The personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, offer the following look at the signs of a TBI so that you will be informed in the event of an accident. We understand that TBIs can result in debilitating injuries. As such, we fight for our injured clients to obtain the compensation they deserve from the party or entity responsible for their injury.

Signs of a TBI in an Adult

TBIs can vary significantly and so can their symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, some signs of a TBI in an adult include, among others:

  • Loss of consciousness, with more severe TBIs linked to longer periods without consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Changes in sleeping pattern
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Abnormal sensitivity to sound or light
  • Feeling anxious, depressed, or moody

More severe TBIs can also leave a victim experiencing nausea and vomiting, confusion, slurred speech, seizures, and agitation.

Signs of a TBI in a Child

Children are susceptible to brain injuries, and it can be harder to detect such injuries, especially in young ones. Children and infants will not be able to communicate to their parents that they are not feeling well. Parents will need to observe their child closely if he or she has potentially sustained a TBI.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that parents look for the following signs of head injury:

  • Changes in eating or nursing
  • Loss of interest in toys or activities that the child generally enjoys
  • Sadness or persistent crying
  • Irritability and refusal to be soothed
  • Changes in the child's level of awareness or attention
  • Changes in sleeping patterns

Parents should closely watch their infant or child and be prepared to make a trip to the doctor or emergency room if necessary. Closely describe the accident and your child's symptoms to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

If you or your family has been injured in an accident and you observe any of the signs listed above, it is probably best for you to travel to the nearest emergency room. Consult with a personal injury attorney if you believe your TBI was caused by negligence. An attorney can evaluate the facts and circumstances of what happened and take the necessary steps to protect your rights.

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Source:
Mayo Clinic

Category: Personal Injury

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