If you have experienced a slip and fall, car accident, boating accident or any other accident where you took a hard blow to the head, you should be wary of the early signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries range from minor to severe, and it is important to know the symptoms, so you will know when you need to seek proper medical.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should consult with a compassionate Cincinnati brain injury lawyer at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for assistance with your claim. We can explain the different types of injuries and walk you through the entire legal process. Call us today for a free consultation.
Types Of Tbis
Traumatic brain injuries range in severity based on the effects on the brain cells from the point of impact or trauma. The more serious the damage, the more harmful and noticeable the effects will be. The more severe the injury the more likely it is the victim will have long-term problems.
Minor TBIs can cause the following symptoms:
- A slight loss of awareness, confusion or disorientation
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Problems with speech
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory and concentration issues
- Mood swings
- Depressed or anxious feelings
Moderate injuries often show symptoms within hours or days after the impact, these symptoms include:
- Moderate loss of consciousness lasting minutes to hours
- Constant headaches
- Repeated nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of pupils and clear fluids draining from the ears
- Difficulty waking up after sleep
- Loss of coordination in limbs
- Intense confusion, agitation or unusual behavior
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
The more serious symptoms are either long-lasting or life-threatening. Severe injuries can cause the following symptoms:
- Brain death with a lack of measurable brain function
- Persistent coma with total unconsciousness
- Vegetative state and widespread damage to the brain
- Negligibly conscious state with a severely altered consciousness and lack of self-awareness
Symptoms To Watch For After An Accident
It is vital to look for symptoms of a traumatic brain injury if you have any reason to suspect one or you took a blow to the head. Some common signs to scrutinize and look out for include the following:
- Convulsions or seizures
- Slurred speaking
- Agitated or restless behavior that increases in seriousness
- Difficulty paying attention or waking up
- Long-lasting headaches that progressively worsen
- Minor to severe nausea that usually leads to repeated vomiting
- Decreased coordination that can happen at any time
- Minor to severe muscle weakness
It is important to look for these signs after suffering an impact to the head or being injured in an accident. Because children may have greater difficulty recognizing these signs or communicating them, a child who has been involved in an accident should be carefully monitored for these signs and any other changes in behavior or routine.
Seek Medical Care
If anyone has suffered a blow to the head, traumatic force against the skull or even whiplash, it is vital to seek medical care. Even with a mild injury, the victim can experience complications that require prompt medical attention. Sometimes, the assistance of a doctor will give the victim a better chance of a successful recovery. If a brain injury goes undiagnosed, it could get progressively worse and become life-threatening or be more likely to result in long-term health problems, both mental and physical.
Contact A Lawyer After A Traumatic Brain Injury
After suffering a traumatic brain injury it is imperative to seek medical treatment. After that, you can contact O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for assistance with your claim. We can investigate the injury and accident, determine who is liable and assess the cause. We understand how troubling injuries to the brain are and how costly treatment may be. We are here to support you in your time of need and fight to get the compensation you deserve. It is important that you focus on your recovery and let us handle the legal issues.