Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Injuries resulting in trauma to the brain and head present themselves in many forms, and with varying severities.Injury to the head or brain may be mild, moderate or severe. Often times a traumaticbrain injury can be overlooked following an accident, thus resulting in a moderate or severe injury, which might have been preventable, or otherwise remained stationary or mild, if it had been discovered and treated immediately. Our experienced team of Chicago traumatic brain injury attorneys represent clients who sustained trauma to their head and/or brain as a result of the negligence of another.
It is important to know that the head or brain need not come into contact with, or strike, an object, in order for atraumatic brain injury to occur. Often, a traumatic braininjury can occur as a result of an abrupt change in motion. The Brain Injury Association defines a Traumatic Brain Injury as “a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating headinjury that disrupts the function of the brain.” Furthermore, head and brain injuries affect different people in different ways. Some people experience symptoms of head injury immediately following an accident, while others won’t experience symptoms for day, weeks, and sometimes even months. Consequently, following an accident, it is important to keep a watchful eye for the presence of symptoms signaling a head or brain injury, even if medical treatment was sought immediately following the accident. Common warning signs of a brain injury include:
- Headache, especially if for prolonged period, and increase in intensity;
- Loss of balance and/or coordination;
- Repeated vomiting or nausea;
- Seizures or Convulsions;
- Confusion, or changes in concentration, memory, or attention;
- Agitation, or changes in mood or behavior;
- Restlessness, or other changes in sleep patterns;
- Lightheadedness or Dizziness;
- Blurred vision;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Dilation or changes in pupil size in one or both eyes;
- Slurred speech;
- Bleeding from nose or ears;
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness or weakness in the extremities
The material herein is provided by our injury and accident attorneys solely for informative purposes. Symptoms that are less common, or atypical, may not be listed herein. Likewise, symptoms are often unique to a specific individual, depending on factors such as age, or medical condition. Often times, particular medical conditions are unknown to the victim at the time of the injury, thus further complicating the potential for deviations in typical symptomology. In addition, some people may not experience symptoms, or may experience minimal symptoms such that they fail to recognize or acknowledge the possibility of a head injury as the actual symptom source. The Chicago traumatic brain injury attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. have represented clients with varying severities of head injuries, each injury demonstrating a unique set of symptoms. As such, it is imperative that medical treatment is sought immediately following an accident, or upon any indication of the presence of a traumatic brain injury.
The traumatic brain injury attorneys of the Chicago Law Firm of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. believe, that subsequent to securing adequate medical attention following an accident, victims should seek to protect their legal rights. Contact our office today for a free comprehensive personal injury evaluation at (773) 516-4100.