Do I Have a Brain Injury?
Brain Injury Attorney Frederick M. Dudek Explains TBI Symptoms
A person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) might not even be aware it exists. After suffering what may seem to be mild head trauma, a person might try to shrug it off. This is very dangerous.
A TBI may worsen over time, and any subsequent head trauma can cause even worse damage to the vulnerable brain, resulting in permanent injury. San Diego personal injury lawyer Frederick M. Dudek highly recommends anyone involved in a potentially brain damaging accident – including car accidents, slip and fall accidents and motorcycle accidents – should see a doctor immediately, especially if that person exhibits any of the following symptoms.
Symptoms of Mild to Moderate TBIs
Most sports-related head injuries like football tackles and bicycle accidents are mild to moderate brain injuries. What might seem like minor car accidents can also cause these injuries. Some symptoms include:
- Persistent headaches
- Increased irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Change in sleeping patterns (excessive sleeping or insomnia)
- Occasional memory lapse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Brief loss of consciousness (~30 minutes)
If left untreated, mild TBIs can develop into more severe and possibly life-threatening conditions.
Symptoms of Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Out of all the people who die each year in injury-related accidents, 30 percent of them had a severe brain injury. Common symptoms of severe brain injury include:
- Prolonged period of coma/unconsciousness (days or weeks)
- Intense headaches
- Prolonged nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty speaking
- Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), a more severe form of memory loss
- Clear fluid draining from ears and nose
- Numbness in limbs and extremities
Diagnosing a TBI at its earliest stages is a crucial step for recovery. Some treatments work best when administered immediately after the car accident brain injury. One such treatment, which involves cooling the brain immediately after the injury, has found success in preventing seizures and epilepsy among TBI victims.
Contact Our San Diego Brain Injury Attorney Today
As soon as you suspect that you may have a brain injury, seek medical attention. Make sure to keep all your medical receipts. You should also keep a log of your injury and any of the above symptoms you experience on a daily basis. If a negligent person or company played a role in your injury, we can help you seek justice against them to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma and medical bills. The more documentation about the injury you have, the stronger your case will be.
Frederick M. Dudek has decades of experience holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they caused to others. He handles every important aspect of his clients’ cases himself, ensuring that your case gets the personalized attention it deserves. Call (858) 530-4800 today to schedule a free consultation with our brain injury lawyer today.