What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by vehicle collisions, work accidents, slips and falls, or any violent blows to the head. When this happens, the brain’s tissues can bruise or bleed, and severe, or even fatal, issues can result.

Following any injury to the head, you should immediately seek medical attention. Even if you are feeling fine right after an accident, it is possible that you developed a TBI. Some symptoms do not appear days or even weeks after injury.

There are some common symptoms that signal a traumatic brain injury. There are several levels of TBI, and signs will differ depending on if the traumatic brain injury was mild, moderate, or severe.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

A mild traumatic brain injury, usually referred to as a concussion, is still a serious injury that can negatively affect the brain.

Visit a medical professional if you develop any of the following symptoms after an accident:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness, or issues sleeping
  • Fainting / blacking out
  • Confusion
  • Balance issues
  • Vision problems
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Trouble remembering things or concentrating
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Unclear speech

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

The signs of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury are very similar to mild TBI symptoms, although usually more intense. A moderate to severe TBI can cause long-term cognitive or behavioral problems, or death. As with any head injury, seek immediate medical attention if you exhibit symptoms.

A few symptoms that result from a moderate to severe TBI but are not usually present in a mild TBI include:

  • Seizures
  • Nose and ear drainage
  • Numbness
  • Coordination issues

Any level of traumatic brain injury is serious, and requires quick medical care for proper treatment. After suffering from a blow to the head, it is important to get help as soon as possible.

If you sustained a traumatic brain injury in an incident that was caused by another person’s negligence, contact Pierce, Sloan, Wilson Kennedy & Early LLC. Reach out to us online or speak to our attorneys via phone at (843) 968-0886.
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