5 Signs You May Have Experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the most common types of injuries in car and work accidents is a traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as TBI. While not every TBI is severe, all head injuries should be treated immediately.
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI at the hands of someone else, you may be eligible for compensation. You should also seek medical attention right away so that your injuries are documented and treated.
Unfortunately, it may not be initially apparent that you or someone else has suffered a TBI. However, as soon as the following symptoms begin to show, you should see a physician right away. Untreated TBIs could result in permanent brain damage.
If your head makes contact with anything in an accident, you may feel headaches long after it occurred. Headaches are a common symptom of a traumatic brain injury.
Ideally, you go to see your doctor right away after any kind of head accident. However, if you never saw a doctor and you begin experiencing headaches, it is vital that you seek medical attention before symptoms escalate.
Headaches resulting from TBIs can become so severe that the patient loses their balance or becomes nauseous.
Unusually Tired and/or Oversleeping
Victims of TBIs often feel drowsy throughout the day. In more severe cases, those suffering from a traumatic brain injury are difficult to wake up or might sleep all day.
While sleep is often the best remedy for minor TBIs, if you feel unusually tired after a head injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible in case more treatment is required.
After a traumatic brain injury, you may feel that the light is too bright or that even quiet sounds are too loud. TBI patients can feel overpowered in their other senses, such as unusual smells or oversensitive touch.
These are classic signs of a TBI and should be examined by a physician. Like headaches, overpowered senses can be severe enough to impair one’s balance or cause victims to become nauseous.
If you or someone you love begins to behave out of the ordinary, they may be suffering from neurological effects after a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can be responsible for major mood swings, rage, apathy, depression, and even mania.
Ironically, personality changes in TBI victims are often overlooked. It is essential to know that a major personality change could be resulting from head injuries after an accident.
Naturally, loss of consciousness is a major concern. Those suffering from a TBI could become unconscious as their symptoms escalate.
Unconscious TBI victims could also begin convulsing or seizing. If this occurs, turn the victim on their side and call 911.
Due to the seriousness of head injuries, anyone losing consciousness after an accident should be taken to an emergency room as soon as possible. Severe TBIs have resulted in a coma and/or lasting brain damage.
After seeking medical attention for a traumatic brain injury for an accident where you were not at fault, make sure to save your medical bills and seek help from an experienced accident attorney. You may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim.
For more information about how a local Mesa attorney can help you with your brain injury case, contact Ray Arenofsky at 480-345-0444 or visit our website.