Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur much more often in the United States than people realize. That is because the symptoms can often mimic other conditions; therefore, patients are misdiagnosed, and their TBI is left untreated for days, weeks, or even months. In some cases, the symptoms can be so minor at first that the victim ignores them. It is only as the trauma or injury is left untreated that the victim starts to suffer more serious symptoms – which can often become life-threatening. Whether you were involved in a car accident, slip and fall injury, or another type of incident, it is important that you understand the symptoms of a TBI.
Even more so, if you have been involved in a car accident or serious accident, you should seek medical treatment right away. In most cases, medical professionals can diagnose injuries to the brain long before they start showing symptoms – which means that you could receive much-needed treatment, and hopefully prevent your TBI from becoming a long-term condition.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs occur when external mechanical forces cause dysfunction to the brain. The injury is often the result of a violent jolt to the neck and brain, or a violent blow to the head. Also, an object that penetrates the skull, such as a bullet, can lead to a TBI. Mild TBIs may exhibit only a few symptoms and cause minor dysfunction of the brain cells – but this is temporary and will repair itself. Other times, serious cases of TBI can lead to permanent damage, or even long-term disability. In some severe cases, a patient’s lifespan is significantly reduced.
15 Common Symptoms Associated with a TBI
The following are common signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Headaches or neck pain that is chronic and does not go away;
- Difficulty with memory, concentration, or making decisions;
- Noting a slowness in your speech, actions, thoughts, and even reading skills;
- Getting lost easily or forgetting where you were going or what you were doing;
- Feeling tired all of the time – even with adequate rest;
- Unexplained mood changes (such as feeling sad or anxious);
- Changes in your sleep patterns, such as night waking, insomnia, or having a hard time sleeping;
- Lightheadedness, frequent dizzy spells, or loss of balance;
- Nausea or frequent vomiting;
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, or other distractions;
- Blurred vision or tired eyes;
- Loss of senses, such as taste or smell;
- Ringing in the ears that will not subside;
- Changes in performance in school, sports, or even social activities.
When a TBI is Caused by Negligence
Not all traumatic brain injuries are the result of negligence. In some cases, a person could suffer from a TBI simply because of his or her own actions. But, in some cases, TBIs do occur in medical malpractice cases, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or intentional acts. When a TBI occurs due to someone’s negligence or intentional acts, the victim may be entitled to compensation under the law.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI, it is important to explore your legal options. The team at The Slocum Firm, P.C. can help. We understand the long-term consequences of brain injuries (and their associated costs). That is why we want to help you receive the compensation that you deserve for your losses today, as well as in the future. Get started by scheduling a no-obligation consultation with one of our trusted attorneys at 888-367-4577 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.