Signs You Might Have Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have catastrophic and lasting impacts on a victim’s life and can occur in a myriad of ways. Falls and car accidents are two of the most common causes of TBIs. In some situations, it can be surprisingly difficult to realize that a traumatic brain injury has occurred. TBIs can be mild, moderate, or severe with symptoms that vary depending on the severity of the injury. There are a variety of symptoms you can look for in yourself or a loved one if there is a chance a brain injury might have occurred, and a TBI victim may have any combination of these symptoms.
Signs that a person has suffered a traumatic brain injury according to the Mayo Clinic include:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or more
- Feeling dazed, confused, or disoriented
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
- Loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes in taste
- Changes in sense of smell
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
- Inability to awaken
- Numbness or weakness in fingers and toes
- Agitation or unusual behavior
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, especially after a situation in which a head or brain injury could have occurred, seek immediate medical attention. The importance of seeking medical attention is twofold; not only will it ensure you receive the necessary medical treatment for your health as soon as possible, but it also ensures that a record exists regarding your injury in case you need to prove it later.
It’s important to take pictures of the injury and the scene where the injury occurred.
These pictures could be used as evidence if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim for your TBI. If you are unable to collect this type of evidence because of your injury, a family member or friend can do so on your behalf. Other types of evidence that can be useful in a TBI case include witness contact information and testimonies if they agree to be recorded.
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI as a result of an accident or another party’s negligence, you could be eligible to seek legal compensation.
There are a variety of damages that commonly occur in TBI cases, including past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages due to the injury, and life care expenses following a TBI. Each of these damages can be calculated and accounted for with relative certainty in a TBI case. However, damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more are harder to quantify but just as important to receive compensation for. An experienced attorney will be able to help you identify and quantify these and other damages that are unique to TBI cases. To learn more about traumatic brain injuries and/or your eligibility for a TBI claim, seek legal counsel.