If you have suffered a violent jolt to the head as a result of an impact, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a serious head injury that causes damage to the brain. TBIs are most commonly suffered in auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and other types of accidents that involve an individual suffering a violent blow to the head or from an object piercing the skull. TBIs are often fatal and cause permanent disability. Keep reading to learn what signs of a traumatic brain injury you should be aware of. In addition, learn how a determined and skilled St. Petersburg catastrophic injury lawyer can help you navigate your legal options to seek monetary compensation for your damages.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs as a result of a forceful blow to the head or body. Essentially, TBI describes an array of injuries that happen to the brain. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may be classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score. This score scores the neurobehavioral deficits after this type of head injury. Unfortunately, TBIs often have debilitating effects. Traumatic brain injury may occur as a result of an auto accident. When an auto accident occurs, the sudden forceful impact of vehicles colliding causes the head and body to violently jerk forward and backward. This causes the brain to collide with the side of the skull. Some types of mild TBI such as concussions may not have immediate effects. This is why it is imperative to be aware of some of the common signs of TBI.
What signs should I be aware of?
As mentioned above it is imperative to look out for signs indicative of a TBI as they are often life-threatening. After any type of accident, it is imperative to seek medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. TBIs are serious and must be monitored closely. Depending on the severity of your TBI, you may only need minimal treatment. However, severe TBIs require extensive medical treatment. Unfortunately, this type of head injury causes a cognitive decline. You should be aware of the following signs of TBI:
- Persistent headaches
- Memory loss and confusion
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Diminished coordination
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Seizures and convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Loss of vision
- Behavior and mood changes
- Bad taste in the mouth
Depending on the severity of your TBI, symptoms may appear immediately or a few hours or days after an accident. It is a necessity to seek immediate medical attention to ensure you receive proper medical care.
In the unfortunate event that you suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our compassionate and dedicated attorneys. The Youngblood Law Firm is committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.