Dangerous Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, typically results from either a violent blow to the head or a powerful jolt, such as whiplash. TBI affects thousands of people each year in the United States. In 2014, according to the most recent data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 2.87 million TBI cases reported, 56,800 of which were fatal. Instances seem to be occurring more commonly—the total number of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53% between 2006 and 2014.
When Do I Need to See A Doctor?
Symptoms of TBI can be hard to detect because they may be very subtle or latent, especially at first. For this reason, it’s recommended to visit a doctor following any accident which may have affected your head.
Everyone is at risk for TBI, though children and the elderly are more susceptible. TBI cases can range from mild to severe and may even result in permanent complications or death.
- Anxiety or depression
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty speaking
- Feeling dazed, confused, or disoriented
- Loss of balance
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood changes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems concentrating or remembering
- Sensitivity of light or sound
Common symptoms of moderate to severe TBI include all the above plus:
- Agitation, combativeness, or unusual behavior
- Clear fluids draining from nose or ears
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of pupils
- Extended periods of unconsciousness, including coma
- Numbness in fingers or toes
- Slurred speech
In the realm of personal injury, a TBI most commonly occurs following a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or a construction accident. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in those types of accident, or you are experiencing any of the above symptoms as the result of another injury, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible. The sooner TBI is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated.
How Can an Attorney Help My Case?
Because brain injuries are so serious and unpredictable, it is worth stressing that getting treatment sooner rather than later can save your life. However, since a TBI can cause ongoing medical issues and affect a person’s quality of life, treatment is typically very costly.
This is why you must contact a lawyer if you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a TBI following an accident caused by another party’s negligence. Working with an attorney sets you up to receive far more compensation than an insurance company would be willing to provide.
Contact The Pittman Firm, P.A.today if your traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence of someone else. We will fight to help you receive the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, ongoing treatment, and pain and suffering.