New York Personal Injury Attorney: Symptoms of TBI
Traumatic brain injury can result from car crashes, slip and fall accidents, defective product malfunctions, and any number of other incidents. Traumatic brain injury can be difficult to detect at first, but the consequences can be long-lasting and severe. If you’ve been in a traffic accident or otherwise suffered a blow to the head, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as you can to avoid the worst consequences of an undetected brain injury.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. A skilled Kingston traumatic brain injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your injury, ascertain the parties that may be held liable, negotiate with insurance companies and defense attorneys on your behalf, and fight for the money you are owed.
What is TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that affects your brain. The “trauma” refers to the manner in which the brain injury occurs: TBIs are caused by a sudden trauma or impact to the head. TBIs may be caused by a blow to the head or by other incidents that cause the head to jolt, shake, or be penetrated by a sharp object. TBIs can range from mild to severe. Depending upon the age of the victim and other risk factors, TBIs can have long-lasting effects including causing developmental disabilities and other issues.
Symptoms of Mild to Severe TBI
TBI is not always easy to identify. Many of the symptoms of TBI are internal, and the victim might not even realize there’s a problem. If you’ve been in a car crash or slip and fall accident, be especially vigilant for any possible sign that you may have suffered a brain injury. If you detect any potential TBI symptoms, see a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms that may appear shortly after a TBI, even with a minor injury, include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble with speech
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Sensitivity to lights and sound
- Sensory issues, including blurry vision, ringing in the ears, and odd smells or tastes
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or a few minutes
- Feeling dazed and confused
- Mood swings
- Memory and concentration issues
Long-Lasting Symptoms and Side Effects of a Serious TBI
TBI can be insidious, leading to a number of long-term side effects. In more extreme cases, TBI can lead to permanent damage including coma and death. TBI victims, as well as friends, family, coworkers and others who interact with the TBI victim, should watch out for several concerning symptoms. Symptoms of serious TBI include:
- Mood changes, such as irritability, alterations to social desires, or altered sex drive
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Mental health issues including anxiety and depression
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens over time
- Trouble with concentration, memory, and focus
- Convulsions and seizures
- Trouble with coordination and balance
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty sleeping or constant sleeping and trouble awakening
- Extreme pupil dilation
Regardless of when the symptoms manifest, if you have reason to suspect you suffered a TBI in an accident, see a doctor and call a seasoned personal injury lawyer for help. Your TBI attorney can help you get the medical care you need without being forced to pay out of pocket.
If You’ve Suffered a TBI, Call a New York Personal Injury Lawyer Today
For help exploring your legal options for compensation after a TBI in New York’s Hudson Valley, including Goshen, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Saugerties, and throughout Ulster County, call a dedicated New York traumatic brain injury attorney from Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a free consultation at 845-331-4100.