Much like burns, amputations and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain
injuries (TBIs) are categorized as catastrophic injuries. They disrupt
all facets of your life: how you walk, how you eat, how you interact and
communicate with others and even how you think. However, unlike other
catastrophic injuries, the symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days
or weeks after an accident, or may be even missed completely, putting
you at even more danger.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, but are not sure how severe it
is, these are some of the symptoms to look for within the first 24 hours
after the injury. If any of these symptoms appear, you should see a medical professional
on an emergency basis immediately.
- Loss of or change in consciousness (even if just for a few seconds)
- Decreased level of consciousness (tough to stay awake)
- Seizures or convulsions
- Double vision or unequal dilations in the pupils
- Clear fluids draining from nose or ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech, weakness of arms, legs or face, and loss of balance
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Problems remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
- Depression or anxiety
- Sensory problems
Usually right after a TBI, a victim tends to immediately suffer from headaches,
dizziness, confusion, and fatigue, but they go away after time. Other
problems—emotional, neurological and sensory—develop later
on during the recovery period, which can be confused for other issues
if the person is in generally good health.
If you have been injured in an accident, it’s important to not only
seek medical attention but also enlist the legal guidance of one of our
Clearwater brain injury attorneys at Roman & Gaynor. A TBI can leave you with expensive medical bills
and out of work for an extended period of time, which is why you need
an experienced attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call (727) 877-1212 or contact us online
to schedule a free consultation.