Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious or permanent neurobiological trauma that can lead to permanent deficits in the victim. Sadly, the signs and symptoms of these injuries are not always apparent – and some victims may be unaware they have a TBI until it is too late.
This is because a TBI carries a vast range of physical and psychological effects. Some of these symptoms may be written off as other conditions, and the longer a TBI goes undiagnosed or treated, the worse the outcome may be in the long run.
The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
A mild traumatic brain injury works like a concussion and rarely results in long-term deficits. The symptoms of this type of injury include:
- Physical Symptoms – Mild TBIs may or may not include a loss of consciousness. The victim could be dazed, disoriented, and confused. A headache or migraine could occur immediately afterwards. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, and loss of balance are also physical symptoms.
- Sensory Symptoms – Sensory symptoms include blurred vision, ear ringing, an odd taste in the mouth, and sensitivity to light or sound.
- Cognitive Symptoms – Victims may experience concentration and memory problems temporarily, feel anxious or depressed without explanation, and have mood swings that they cannot explain.
Moderate to Severe TBIs
Moderate to severe TBIs will have different symptoms than the mild TBI, and they can appear a few hours after the injury or up to several days later. These symptoms include:
- Physical Symptoms – A moderate to severe TBI will result in a loss of consciousness, but also involve a headache that is persistent. A person could be unable to wake up from sleep, lose coordination, have fluids draining from ears and nose, and even suffer convulsions or seizures.
- Cognitive and Memory Symptoms – The victim will be confused, have slurred speech, enter a coma, or be agitated without reason.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Anytime you are in an accident that involves a head injury, it is imperative you seek immediate medical attention. These types of injuries may not show their symptoms right away, but the consequences of leaving these injuries unchecked can be devastating.
Traumatic brain injuries often lead to permanent deficits, especially when they go without treatment for days or weeks. Even if you feel okay, a doctor can assess the severity of your injury, and an MRI or CT Scan may reveal injuries that have not become symptomatic.
Receiving Compensation for a TBI
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, and you suffered a catastrophic injury like a TBI, speak with an injury attorney. Attorney Clarke Nash is here to help you with your case. He will aggressively seek compensation for your injuries and hold the negligent parties accountable.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling his office at 912-200-5292 or request your consultation online.