How Do I Know If I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury After My Accident?

How Do I Know If I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury After My Accident?

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.

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