Do You Know the Early Warning Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury to the brain that often results in long-term or permanent complications. Sometimes the symptoms of a TBI are immediately apparent, while other times it can take several days or weeks to know that a brain injury happened.

Often, the symptoms correlate with the severity of the injury, and TBIs can be categorized into three main classifications: mild, moderate, and severe.

Types of TBIs

Three types of TBIs exist, and the severity of the common symptoms depend on which type a person suffers.

  • Mild TBI – A mild TBI is a concussion. The person does not lose consciousness, or they only lose consciousness for 30 minutes or less. The symptoms appear soon after but could take days or weeks to develop fully. A mild traumatic brain injury does not result in permanent injuries, and the complications are often temporary. Sometimes medical intervention is required, and there are instances where a mild TBI lasts for months or longer.
  • Moderate TBI – A moderate TBI results in unconsciousness for 30 or more minutes. The symptoms are like a mild TBI, but longer lasting and more severe. A moderate TBI can lead to permanent damage as well.
  • Severe TBI – A severe TBI can result in unconsciousness for 24 hours or more. Sometimes, a severe TBI leads to a coma, and the symptoms are mild to severe.

Symptoms of a TBI

The symptoms of a TBI will vary. Some show immediately, while others do not appear for days or weeks, but the most common symptoms seen with a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Memory recall issues
  • Difficulty remembering or recalling new information
  • A headache and migraines
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Changes in sleep patterns or emotions
  • Problems speaking coherently
  • Ringing or odd sounds in the ears

Seek Medical Attention Immediately After an Accident

Often, TBIs go undiagnosed because an accident victim does not seek medical attention immediately after his or her accident. When this happens, the symptoms worsen, and the damage to the brain is more severe. Bleeding in the brain, if not cared for quickly, can result in permanent injury or death.

After an accident, even if you feel fine, you must seek medical attention from an emergency room or family physician. A brain scan can often determine if there is underlying brain trauma. Sometimes a simple neurological examination can catch the early signs of a TBI.

Did Your TBI Occur in an Accident? You May be Entitled to Compensation

Accidents that occur because of the negligent acts of others qualify for compensation. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident and suffered a severe brain injury, speak with an attorney from Jacobs Law, LLC.

Our attorneys aggressively protect your rights to compensation, and we will not rest until you receive the settlement you deserve for your injuries. Contact one of our accident attorneys by calling an office near you or by completing an online contact form.