What are the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are gaining more prominence in the media as more research comes out on the serious impact that a brain injury can cause a person immediately after an accident as well as into the future. Almost any type of accident can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the effects can range from mild and temporary to severe and permanent damage. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of legal professionals has a track record of success advocating for the victims of brain injuries after an accident and is prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call the office or contact the office to schedule a free evaluation of your case today.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
A brain injury is typically caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head during an accident. A mild brain injury causes temporary damage to your brain cells and the effects can last from a few days to a couple of weeks. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can cause physical, cognitive, and sensory problems. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a mild TBI after an accident include the following:
- Brief loss of consciousness from a few seconds to a few minutes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiousness
Even if you suspect that a brain injury is mild, it is still important that you see a doctor right away after an accident for diagnosis and treatment.
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Moderate to severe TBI can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head as well as from an object that penetrates the skull into the brain tissue. More serious traumatic brain injuries can lead to brain bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain that in turn causes long-term complications and even death to victims. The signs of a moderate to severe brain injury can manifest immediately after the accident or in the hours and days after the injury. Some of the most common symptoms of a moderate to severe TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
- Profound confusion
- Agitation and combativeness
- Slurred speech
At the first sign of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury it is critical that you seek immediate medical treatment. Failure to do so can result in permanent, long-term disability or even death as a result of the trauma.
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All brain injuries must be taken seriously and deserve to be compensated for after an accident. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, contact our Nashville brain injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free evaluation of your case.