Because the brain is a vital organ, any injury that could impact it is treated seriously. A brain injury, minor or major, could impact a person’s ability to think clearly and function as they once could. Whether it is in an automobile crash, slip-and-fall accident or because of a defective product, a brain injury has the tendency of not showing itself immediately. In fact, many head trauma victims do not show signs of injury until hours or days after the incident that caused in the injury. Thus, it is important for individuals in Virginia to be aware of how to spot the signs and symptoms of a brain injury and what medical treatment is necessary.
First, when one experiences head trauma it is important to seek medical attention. This is true even if one believes they are fine and can just shake it off. The truth of the matter is that even a minor concussion could cause permanent harm to a victim.
What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury? With regards to a mild TBI, common symptoms include headache, confusion, blurred vision and behavior changes. A more serious TBI includes symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, weakness in the arms or legs and problems with thinking. When an accident victim suffers these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention. A medical professional can conduct a neurological exam, evaluating one’s thinking, movement, coordination, reflexes and sensory functions.
Suffering a brain injury can impact a victim tremendously. If one’s cognitive skills are impacted, the injury could impact the victim’s quality of life. Additionally, brain injuries often require much time to recover from. This means undergoing numerous medical treatments and a lengthy recovery period. A TBI can be a costly injury as medical bills pile up and the victim is unable to work while they recover. The damages suffered by a brain injury victim can be extensive. Thus, it is important to consider options, such as a personal injury action if a negligent party is to blame for the resulting injury and damages.
Source: health.usnews.com, “Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury,” March 9, 2018