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What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?

Brain injuries can occur in many situations, including work accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and more, and can lead to a variety of painful and debilitating symptoms. You may be wondering how you can spot a brain injury in yourself or in a loved one.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries fall into three broad categories -- cognitive symptoms, sensory symptoms and physical symptoms. By recognizing these symptoms people can get help as soon as possible and minimize permanent damage to the brain.

Cognitive symptoms include depression, mood swings and mood changes. Concentration and memory problems are also cognitive symptoms of TBIs. A sudden sensitivity to sound or light, blurred vision and changes to sense of smell are all sensory symptoms of TBIs. Sensory symptoms also include ringing in the ears and a bad taste in your mouth.

Finally, there are physical symptoms to brain injuries. These can include a loss of balance, loss of consciousness, headache, fatigue, nausea or dizziness. Physical symptoms can also include difficulty sleeping or disorientation.

The more severe the brain injury, the more severe the symptoms. For example, in cases of serious TBIs, physical symptoms can also include seizures, dilated pupils, numbness in fingers and toes and inability to wake from sleep.

When an accident causes a TBI, it's important to spot the symptoms quickly and make sure the victim has proper medical care. Head trauma can change the course of a person's life and require constant care. When these injuries are the result of another person's negligence, the injured may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages. A legal professional can help determine if you qualify for damages caused by a TBI including medical expenses or pain and suffering.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed Oct. 5, 2014

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