Unless you are a doctor (or an experienced brain injury attorney), you may not have a good idea of what a traumatic brain injury is or would mean for you or for someone you know.
A traumatic brain injury is a brain injury caused by damage from a sudden force, or other trauma, to the brain. These brain injuries usually result from a sudden collision with an object or when an object pierces the skull and touches brain tissue. These injuries can occur in a car accident, in a boating accident, on the job, skiing, or anywhere enough force is being through around. Traumatic brain damage is not always severe, but can also produce mild and moderate symptoms. A brain injury sufferer may not even know they have been injured, or the symptoms can be immediately acute.
What are the immediate symptoms? (remember this is neither medical or legal advice, see a doctor or an experienced brain injury attorney as appropriate). You might imagine that you would necessarily lose consciousness, but in mild cases, you may retain consciousness. In more serious cases, you may lose consciousness up to a few minutes.
Later symptoms for mild traumatic brain injury include:
- blurred vision
- tired eyes ringing in the ears
- bad taste in the mouth
- change in sleep patterns
- behavior and mood changes
- trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
In moderate and severe cases, traumatic brain injury might show some of those symptoms and also:
- headache that gets worse or doesn’t go away
- repeated vomiting or nausea
- inability to wake from sleep
- dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- slurred speech
- weakness or numbness in the extremities
- loss of coordination
- increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
If you think you or someone you know have suffered a brain injury, seek medical help immediately. Then seek the counsel of experienced brain injury attorneys like those at Reeves, Aiken, & Hightower. We know how to fight for you and your family in serious brain injury cases. Compare our credentials to any other law firm. Then call 877-374-5999 or contact us at this link for a private consultation. Don’t worry. We are here for you.