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Symptoms of TBIs

Posted in Brain Injuries,Personal Injury on April 19, 2019

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious injuries that happen in an instant and can change a person’s life forever. They are caused by a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014 alone, the CDC found that there were 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, and an estimated 56,800 injuries that included a TBI. Leading causes of TBIs include car accidents and falls. People who experience these injuries may need medical treatment and other care for years to come, and sometimes for the rest of their lives, which adds up to a lot of financial expenses, on top of the physical and emotional costs.

A Fort Lauderdale brain injury attorney may be able to help you avoid financial stress if you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with a TBI. To schedule a free consultation of your case, call the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs at (954) 568-3636, or reach out through the online form.

What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

There are some symptoms of TBIs that anyone who has slipped and fell, been in a car wreck, or experienced another type of serious accident should be aware of. However, keep in mind that some of these symptoms can also be caused by other things. Only a doctor can diagnose a brain injury. If you have been in an accident and suspect you might have incurred such harm, it’s important to visit a doctor right away.

Symptoms can include cognitive, physical, and emotional signs such as:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly and concentrating
  • Challenges remembering new information
  • Generally feeling slower mentally
  • Headache with fuzzy vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Heightened emotions, including sadness or irritability
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Trouble falling asleep or sleeping more or less than usual
  • Lacking energy

Sometimes TBI symptoms appear right after an injury, and other times they may appear days, weeks, or even months later, which is why it is so important to immediately get checked out by a doctor following a car wreck or other serious accident. Just because you don’t feel bad at the time, doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered an injury. And if it turns out you are injured and there is a chance you might file a personal injury claim later on, having a physician’s report will be critical evidence for your case.

Get Help Immediately

If you experience any of these symptoms following an accident, get emergency medical help immediately. These are signs of a possible severe and dangerous TBIs:

  • Worsening and unending headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Increased confusion
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Significant behavioral changes
  • Pupils of unequal size

Long-Term Consequences of Brain Injuries

According to the CDC, about 75% of TBIs that occur annually are concussions or other milder forms of brain injuries. Recovery from a mild TBI may take a couple of weeks or longer.

People with severe brain injuries may never recover. Long-term hospitalization or nursing care might be required. If you suffer such harm, you may never be able to work again, leading to lost income for the rest of your life. Relationships with family and friends can be affected as a result of your injury.

Additionally, TBIs can cause epilepsy and increase the chances of suffering from other brain disorders, which means potentially incurring more physical, emotional, and financial costs down the road.

Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer for Help

When you’ve suffered a serious brain injury and are struggling to recuperate, the last thing you need is more stress from seeing bills pile up. Contact a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs who, through years of experience handling TBI cases, understands the fear and anxiety that brain injury victims suffer. To schedule a free, initial case evaluation, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out online.