A traumatic brain injury happens due to sudden damage caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. These injuries are common in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, sports injuries, and assaults. Some injuries show immediate signs, and if observed, you must consult with a physician as soon as possible.
Some symptoms may not occur immediately after the accident, but it is equally important to look out for them. Ignoring symptoms can result in long-term problems and may get worse with time. If you or your loved one have acquired a TBI due to another party’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help.
Signs of a traumatic brain injury
The brain is the most important part of the body as it controls how we speak, behave and think. Personality changes may vary depending on the extent of the injury and which part of the brain is affected. For example, injury to a certain part of the brain can cause a person to become less affectionate and more analytical. If you have noticed differences in your behavior, or if your family is pointing it out, you may be suffering from a TBI.
It is seen that patients with TBI are likely to experience lethargy as a symptom. While the cause is unclear, scientists suspect that the extra effort and attention required to do even the smallest of daily activities could result in fatigue. The brain is a delicate organ, and an injury can cause it to become less efficient.
Vision issues occurring from a TBI can be mild or severe. Severe symptoms, such as a badly blurred vision, are usually apparent immediately after the accident. Mild vision changes can also occur soon after the accident but are often ignored by the person, which can worsen the condition. If you have difficulty reading or have limited long-range vision, it could stem from a head injury.
Numbness or tingling after a head injury.
After head trauma, the victim may lose complete sensation or experience a tingling, burning sensation in certain body parts. In some cases, this numbness usually goes away in a few months. However, for patients who go through a severe brain injury, the sensation will not recover on its own, and they will have to get medical treatment to regain a sense of touch.
Faintness or balance problems.
Feelings of faintness occur in the body when there is a disruption in blood flow in the brain. When you hit your head hard, it can cause inadequate blood flow and result in dizziness, vertigo (the feeling that everything around you is moving), and unsteadiness.
All kinds of injuries require medical attention, but injuries to the head are particularly more problematic. If someone you know is suffering from a TBI, an attorney can help you seek compensation for medical costs and other damages.