The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
By Michael Verna on January 29, 2018
Blows to the face or head can lead to serious health and wellness problems. Chief among these issues is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). If a person sustained a traumatic brain injury during an accident, it can gave long-term effects on cognition, sensory experience, mood, coordination, and general quality of life.
The lawyers at our San Francisco, CA law firm would like to consider the common signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. These symptoms may arise after any serious accident, collision, fall, or act of violence. Always take these potential TBI warning signs seriously.
Loss of Consciousness After a Head Injury
A major blow to the head or body can cause someone to lose consciousness. In mild brain injuries, the person may lose consciousness for several seconds to a few minutes. For serious brain injuries, the person may lose consciousness for several minutes to an hour or more.
Many people who experience a traumatic brain injury complain of headaches after the incident. These can last for a while, and even worsen in the aftermath of a brain injury.
Low energy levels and a general feelings of fatigue may accompany a traumatic brain injury. This could cause a person to sleep for long periods of time after sustaining an injury.
Issues with Your Senses
Changes in your sensory experience may occur after a severe blow to the head, face, or body. Pay attention to any changes in vision or hearing. Changes to your other senses should also be taken seriously.
Nausea or Vomiting
After a concussion or other kinds of traumatic brain injuries, people tend to feel nauseous. Vomiting may occur as well soon after the injury.
Problems with Speech
Slurring your speech after a traumatic brain injury is not uncommon. Similarly, it can be difficult to understand or process the speech of others after sustaining a TBI.
Problems with Balance and Coordination
Many people tend to have difficulty with their balance after a brain injury, and these issues can last for some time after the initial trauma. Issues with coordination can similarly occur after a brain injury.
Changes in Mood
Many victims of traumatic brain injuries suffer from mood swings after the incident. They may be more irritable than before, or exhibit signs of depression and anxiety.
Changes in Cognition
In addition to mood changes, a person’s ability to process information can be impaired. This can lead to confusion, short attention spans, memory loss, and a general sense of mental fogginess.
When to Seek Medical Attention After a Head Injury
If you or a loved one notices any of these symptoms after a traumatic event, it’s important that you see medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to get the help you need, and consider the services of a lawyer if the brain injury was caused by another person's negligent or harmful actions.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a head or brain injury, be sure to contact the lawyers of Bowles & Verna LLP. Our law firm is here to answer your questions and offer legal counsel during even the most trying of times.