What Are the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Posted March 31st, 2023.
Many, unfortunately, assume that the only way they can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is through recreational sports and physical activity. While athletes are at an increased risk of injury compared to the everyday person, there are a number of ways that one may sustain an injury. Whether you’ve been in a car accident or slipped and fell due to an unmarked wet spot in a supermarket, head injuries can happen anywhere. The following blog explores the symptoms you need to look out for after hitting your head and how a Cherry Hill personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
What Symptoms Should You Look Out for After a Head Injury?
When you sustain a head injury, there will be typical symptoms you must look out for. However, it is vital to understand that brain injuries will present in two ways – mild or moderate to severe.
Any time you hit your head on another surface or sustain a blow to the head, you risk injury. This can occur during a car accident where you hit your head on the interior of your vehicle or if you’re hit in the head by unsecured shelving while shopping in a store. Hitting your head can cause the brain to move around, bouncing off the interior of your skull. This can cause a number of issues, from concussion to hemorrhaging.
Generally, those who have sustained a mild TBI may lose consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes. They will experience some of the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing ears
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Sleeping more than usual
- Light sensitivity
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
Moderate to severe brain injuries include any of the aforementioned symptoms and more intense signs. Generally, those who will experience these injuries lose consciousness for a few minutes to hours and can experience the following symptoms:
- A chronic headache that gets worse over time
- Continual nausea or persistent vomiting
- Clear fluid leaking from your nose or ears
- Agitation or irritation
- Loss of coordination
What Should I Do if I’ve Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you suspect you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury or hit your head and don’t feel well, you’ll want to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with the severity of a brain injury. Failure to receive the necessary treatment for these injuries can lead to chronic issues down the line, such as irreparable brain damage.
When your injury is caused by another party’s negligence, you’ll want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Though it may just seem like an accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer due to another person. You may even be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today to learn how we can help you.