Symptoms of Brain Injury

Symptoms of Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have a wide range of severity with an array of symptoms and side effects. There are several ways in which an individual, young or old, might suffer from a TBI. While some of the indicative qualities of a brain injury arise immediately, others take days or weeks to appear. Though each may look a bit different from the next, all brain injuries require immediate medical attention. So, in the instance of a violent blow to the head or body, make sure to check for these signs of an injury.

There are a few classes of traumatic brain injury: mild, moderate, and severe. This degree of severity is dependant on the force of impact and the circumstances by which the accident took place. Though they are broken into severity categories, all traumatic brain injuries should receive proper medical attention. Do not hesitate to take action the moment you notice symptoms.

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Mild traumatic brain injury:

Though a mild traumatic brain injury is the least severe among TBIs, it is still a serious injury. Be aware of the signs and symptoms and promptly seek medical attention when you suspect that something is wrong. A mild traumatic brain injury affects the brain cells temporarily. You’ll notice evidence of this type of injury with the following physical, cognitive, and sensory clues according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Physical symptoms include

  • Short periods of lost consciousness, from a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • State of disorientation wherein the individual does not lose consciousness but is dazed and confused.
  • Fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Dizziness and loss of balance.
  • Headache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Trouble with sleeping, including sleeping too much or being unable to fall asleep.

Moderate to Severe traumatic brain injury:

This class of injury may be far more extensive. They can result in bruising, torn tissue, and bleeding – all of which are serious issues with the potential to result in long-term complications and even death. So, in these instances, be sure to seek immediate medical attention to minimize threatening complications.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Several minutes to hours of lost consciousness or the inability to wake from sleep.
  • Severe nausea with repeated vomiting.
  • Persistent and worsening headache.
  • Dilated pupils in both eyes.
  • Loss of coordination or weakness or numbness in limbs, fingers, and toes.
  • Clear fluids coming from the nose and ears.
  • Convulsions and seizures.

Cognitive symptoms include

  • Significant confusion.
  • Out of ordinary behavior.
  • Slurred and broken speech.

Traumatic brain injuries can impact people of all ages and from all walks of life. And no matter the severity, a brain injury can pose lasting devastation. Therefore, it is necessary that if you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, to depend upon experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to assist in your recovery. We at The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro are prepared to offer legal guidance and counsel in these difficult times.

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