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What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Waukegan personal injury attorney Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often occur when an incident such as a car accident or fall causes the head to be struck or violently shaken. TBIs can also be the result of an object penetrating the skull and damaging brain tissue. A traumatic brain injury can cause significant, long term pain and suffering. The injured person may experience symptoms that dramatically reduce his or her ability to work or even enjoy life. He or she may need expensive medical care and rehabilitation. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may help a person recover compensation for medical expenses and other financial losses incurred by a TBI.

Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs can vary dramatically in severity. The mildest form of TBI is a concussion. If you have a concussion you may experience dizziness, headache, double vision, nausea or vomiting, light and noise sensitivity, confusion, or balance problems. While the symptoms of a concussion are often temporary and do not cause long-term health complications, some people develop a condition called post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Individuals who have experienced head trauma in the past may be more likely to develop this syndrome. PCS can cause anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, and problems with concentration and memory. An individual with PCS may also experience long-term headaches, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can dramatically interfere with the person’s day-to-day life and may last weeks or months after the injury.

Symptoms of a Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Physical violence, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls from heights, sports, and many other situations may lead to a severe traumatic brain injury. In addition to the symptoms experienced by mild TBI sufferers, a person with a severe TBI may also experience significant loss of consciousness, seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of coordination, and weakness or numbness. Cognitive symptoms such as confusion and agitation can be extreme enough that a sufferer may act noticeably different than he or she normally does. Complications from a moderate to severe TBI can include hydrocephalus or fluid buildup in the brain, blood vessel damage leading to a stroke or blood clot, paralysis and loss of sensation in the face, and problems with communication and executive functioning.

Contact a Waukegan Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

The symptoms and long-term complications of a traumatic brain injury can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to work. A TBI sufferer may need weeks or months of expensive rehabilitative care and ongoing medical treatment. If you or a loved one have received a traumatic brain injury in an incident caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another party, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. Call us today at 847-662-3303 and schedule a free consultation with a skilled Lake County personal injury attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-concussion-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20353352

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

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