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Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Joliet brain injury lawyersEach year, an estimated 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of those, approximately 52,000 suffer fatality, and another 275,000 are hospitalized and ultimately released. The rest are treated in emergency rooms and then released home to heal. What makes the difference between these three groups of people? Sometimes, it is the severity of the injury itself (severe injuries can swell quickly, causing fatality in a very short amount of time), but being able to recognize the early signs and symptoms can also be crucial in both the short- and long-term prognosis of a victim.

Why Early Detection is Crucial

In situations involving a severe brain injury, time can mean the difference between life and death. However, even in cases of mild or moderate TBI, early detection can be important. It ensures that the victim does not do things they should avoid (i.e. tasks that involve concentration and activities that can result in a secondary injury). Early detection can also ensure that victims receive proper treatment.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Although traumatic brain injury can be caused by any jolt, blow, or sudden and violent movement of the head, traffic accidents and falls are considered the most common causes. Traffic accidents are also the leading cause of TBI-related death. As such, all car, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian accident victims should know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

Signs and Symptoms of a TBI

One of the things that can make detecting TBI so difficult is that the symptoms may or may not appear immediately after the traumatic event. Furthermore, some of the symptoms may be masked by other ailments (i.e. whiplash in a car accident). Another major area of concern is that victims may be less likely to notice some of the symptoms themselves. If you or someone you love experiences any of the following symptoms, immediate treatment should be sought:

  • Persistent or severe headaches,
  • Loss of consciousness,
  • Nausea and/or vomiting,
  • Trouble sleeping,
  • Confusion or disorientation,
  • Dizziness,
  • Lack of coordination or balance,
  • Sleeping more than usual,
  • Sensitivity to light or sound,
  • Memory or concentration problems,
  • Changes in mood or personality,
  • Seizures,
  • Dilation of one or both pupils,
  • Slurred speech,
  • Clear fluid draining from the nose or ears,
  • Weakness or numbness, and
  • Anxiety or depression.

You May Be Owed Compensation

In TBI cases caused by negligence (i.e. traffic accidents), victims may be owed compensation for any losses they experience. Examples of compensable damages can include everything from missed time at work and disability to medical expenses and physical therapy costs. However, the process of pursuing such damages can be complex and painstaking for injured victims.

Mevorah Law Offices LLC strives to protect victims and their families in personal injury cases. Dedicated and experienced, we can handle all the legal details of your case, giving you and your family the time and energy you need to heal and grieve. Schedule a free initial consultation with our Joliet TBI lawyers to get started. Call 815-726-9200 today.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/bluebook_factsheet-a.pdf

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/symptoms/con-20029302

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