Brain injury symptoms
A traumatic brain injury can cause many diverse physical and psychological difficulties and there are just as many warnings signs. But while the symptoms of brain injury can appear immediately, they might not apparent for days, or even weeks, after an accident.
If you or a member of your family have been involved in a traumatic accident it is important to be vigilant for the signs of mild or severe brain injury. The sooner a problem can be detected, the sooner it can be treated and there are a number of indicators that a brain injury might have occurred.
Mild brain injury
The physical symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries include:
- Disorientation – a dazed and confused state
- Loss of consciousness – from seconds to several minutes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness – loss of balance and coordination
- Fatigue – persistent drowsiness
- Sleeping more than usual
- Sleeping less than usual – insomnia
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sensory problems – blurred vision, ringing in ears, bad tastes in mouth
There are also a number of mental symptoms of mild brain injury, including:
- Memory loss
- Concentration problems
- Changes in mood – mood swings
- Depression or anxiety
Moderate to severe brain injury
Moderate to severe brain injuries can cause the same symptoms as a mild injury but sufferers are also likely experience more aggressive warning signs within the hours or days that follow a traumatic event.
The physical symptoms of a moderate to severe brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness – from several minutes to hours
- Persistent headaches – headaches which also worsen over time
- Convulsions and/or seizures
- Persistent nausea – repeated vomiting
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear fluids seeping from nose or ears
- Weakness or numbness in fingers or toes
- Inability to wake up
- Loss of coordination
Mental symptoms of moderate to severe mental injuries include:
- Profound confusion
- Slurred speech
- Agitation, aggression – unusual behaviour
Should I contact a doctor?
In the event of a blow to the head or traumatic accident of any kind, it is always a good idea to consult a doctor; particularly if you are concerned about warning signs or behavioural changes.
All brain injuries, whether mild, moderate or severe, should be given prompt attention by a doctor. These terms are given to describe the effect of the injury on brain function. All brain injuries, however mild, should be brought to the attention of a doctor.
Am I entitled to brain injury compensation?
Have you, or somebody you know, suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident which wasn’t your fault? Call Moore Blatch Solicitors for the legal advice and practical support you need.
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