Although the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can vary depending on the age and general health of the injured party, the area of the brain affected, and the extent of the injury, there are certain symptoms that crop up again and again in those who are suffering from TBIs. Some of these symptoms manifest immediately, while others may take several days or even weeks to appear. In either case, it is important for accident victims to seek medical attention and report any of the following TBI symptoms to a medical professional as soon as possible.
Taking this step not only ensures that injured parties receive the medical care that they require, but can also play a critical role in demonstrating liability at a later date. For help determining whether you have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the person who caused your own TBI, please contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer who can advise you.
Mild TBI Symptoms After an Accident
Although it is possible to determine whether a head injury qualifies as mild or severe, doing so can be difficult. However, suffering from the following symptoms is usually a good indicator that a TBI is not serious, but falls under the category of mild:
- Blurred vision;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Mood changes;
- Sensitivity to light or sound;
- Nausea or vomiting; and
- A change in sleep habits.
Unfortunately, even mild TBIs can have devastating consequences for those who sustain them, as the symptoms of a non-serious TBI can still make it difficult to work and can also affect the injured party’s personal relationships.
Symptoms of Moderate/Severe TBIs
It is not uncommon for someone who is suffering from a moderate or severe TBI to suffer from one or more of the previously listed symptoms. However, these individuals also usually experience the following:
- Worsening or persistent headaches;
- Repeated vomiting;
- Slurred speech;
- Enlargement of the pupils;
- Loss of consciousness lasting more than a few minutes;
- A loss of coordination;
- Seizures or convulsions; and
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs.
These symptoms are often indicative of a serious problem, such as bleeding in the brain or a blood clot, both of which can result in permanent brain damage or even death if left unaddressed. Fortunately, there are a number of diagnostic methods and scans that physicians can use to detect these types of head injuries, even before a patient has begun experiencing symptoms. For this reason, those who have sustained head trauma in an accident, whether a vehicle collision or a slip and fall accident, are strongly encouraged to seek medical assistance immediately after the accident. This can also start the process of building a medical record demonstrating a link between a defendant’s actions and the plaintiff’s injuries.
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