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What are the signs and symptoms of a brain injury?

As a previous post highlighted, an injury to the head could result in a brain injury. This injury-related trauma could occur in an automobile collision, a workplace accident or due to a slip-and-fall incident on the property of another. In some cases, the trauma to a victim's brain is felt immediately following the incident. However, in other cases, a victim may not notice any signs of an injury or display any symptoms for several hours, days or weeks following the incident. Therefore, it is important for residents of Pennsylvania to understand what to look for after suffering a head trauma in an accident.

What are the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury or TBI? The effects of a TBI felt by a victim often depend of the severity of head injury and where it occurred. In a mild head trauma, a victim will likely experience temporary confusion and a headache, while a serious TBI could result in a period of unconsciousness, a coma, amnesia, temporary and permanent disabilities and even death. The most common signs and symptoms of a TBI include confusion, fatigue, persistent headaches, neck pain, moodiness, sleep pattern changes, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound and nausea.

Following any type of accident, whether major or minor, if a victim suffers a blow to the head or any injury to the head at all, it is imperative to seek medical attention. A medical professional can rule out a TBI. If medical attention is not immediately sought and an accident victim begins to convulse, repeatedly vomit, has slurred speech or experiences weakness or numbness in their arms, legs, hands or feet, they should seek immediate medical attention.

A TBI could result in temporary or permanent damages and disabilities to the accident victim. Therefore, it is likely that a victim will require medical care for an extended period of time. In addition, it is likely that he or she will be unable to work, making it difficult to meet his or her basic needs. However, if another person caused the accident that resulted in a TBI, an injured victim might have recourses available. A personal injury clam could help the injured pursue compensation, helping with expenses such as medical bills and rehabilitation.

Source: Medicalnewstoday.com, "Traumatic Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis," Christian Nordqvist, March 4, 2016

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