A Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious consequences you can suffer as a result of personal injury. Unfortunately, it is also not something that most people know much about. Just about any type of accident has the potential to give you TBI–including but not limited to car accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more.
It is vitally important that you know the signs of TBI in the unfortunate event that you are ever involved in a personal injury accident. You may not know where to get started with educating yourself on TBI–or even know just exactly what a TBI is. In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of everything you need to know.
To fully understand the symptoms and severity of TBI, you must first know what exactly TBI is. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, TBI occurs when the brain hits the skull. Generally speaking, this happens when you suffer a sudden jolt. Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. It is not uncommon to feel woozy or confused, see spots, or lose consciousness directly following a TBI.
Concussions are one of the most common forms of TBI. Generally speaking, they are considered a mild form of brain injury. However, it can be particularly difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
In any case, suffering a concussion or any other type of TBI has the potential to affect a victim’s cognitive abilities, control of emotions, mobility, speech, and senses. Such symptoms can be incredibly distressing for the victim, to the point where it may even affect their mental health. It is vitally important to seek out medical treatment as soon as possible before symptoms have time to get any worse.
One of the things that make TBI so hard to catch is that many of the signs and symptoms can be subtle–or not even occur immediately. Still, it is possible for symptoms to last for days, weeks, or even longer. You should never resume vigorous physical activity after suffering from any type of TBI, no matter how mild, without your physician’s approval.
There are many different types of signs and symptoms of TBI you may experience immediately following an accident. These may include but are certainly not limited to:
Out of all the above symptoms, headaches are the most common. However, as we have previously established in this blog post, there are other symptoms that may not make themselves known until some time has passed. The following symptoms may manifest any time from hours to days after suffering TBI:
Of course, everyone will experience symptoms differently. It is certainly possible that you will not experience all of the above symptoms–or that you will experience them with the same severity as somebody else. In any case, you should seek out medical attention immediately after your accident–especially if you find yourself suffering any symptoms of TBI.
It is not uncommon for victims of TBI to experience changes in mood and behavior. For some people, this is due at least partially in fault to a TBI that has affected their frontal lobe. This area of the brain controls your emotions, so any damage to that area may make you feel as though you have lost control over yourself.
It can certainly be very confusing to manage such symptoms. You may experience extreme mood swings, which may come with other symptoms as well. These symptoms may include but are not limited to:
While such symptoms can certainly be distressing, there is no need to panic. Working with a mental health professional, in conjunction with your medical professional, may be able to help you develop the proper treatment plan for your specific recovery needs and goals.
It is important to know just what to tell your physician to get a proper diagnosis. You will want to tell them exactly how the injury occurred and what parts of your head. Take note of which areas of your head or body were struck (and how forcefully). You should also let your doctor know if you lost consciousness or seemed dazed after your accident (and for how long) and report any other changes you experienced in behavior, awareness, speech, or coordination. Your physician will also likely conduct simple tests to measure cognitive function and look for signs of brain injury. This will include assessments of your speech, movement, memory, and thoughts.
Most concussions are diagnosed based simply on the symptoms the patient describes and the doctor observes, along with anything else that may show up on a TBI screening. However, if you have suffered a more severe brain injury, you may require an in-depth evaluation. This may include imaging tests (e.g., CT scans or MRIs) in order to fully evaluate the degree of your injury. Such tests also have the advantage of being able to show things like fractures, hemorrhages, blood clots, and bruising or swelling in the brain.
No matter what type of accident you were involved in, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide personal injury attorneys. We have helped countless victims resolve their cases successfully. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.