Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are devastating when the damage to the head or brain is severe, and they require immediate medical attention. However, many victims of a TBI suffer extensive consequences not necessarily because of the initial harm but instead due to the fact that the brain injury was left unidentified, and therefore untreated. For your safety and the safety of those around you, it is important that you are able to recognize some of the more subtle symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and what to do in such an incident.
If someone has been in an accident, look for these signs of a TBI:
- Physical: A traumatic brain injury can affect every part of a person’s body in strange and uncommon ways. Paralysis, backaches, migraines, difficulty controlling extremities, and bleeding from the nose or ears can be physical indicators of a TBI.
- Cognitive: It is not uncommon for a victim of a TBI who has not yet identified the injury to suffer from various forms of mental anguish, including insomnia, amnesia, general confusion, and difficulty speaking or reading.
- Sensory: Dizziness and vision changes are common symptoms of an underlying traumatic brain injury, but other senses are often afflicted as well. If your sense of smell or taste has been lost, or if your hearing has degraded, it could be caused by harm to your brain or head.
How to React to a Traumatic Brain Injury
Once you have reason to suspect that you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, how you react is crucial. You should contact emergency responders as soon as you can, as time lost could equate to worsening or life-threatening conditions. If the victim is experiencing pain when moving, encourage them to stay as still as possible. If they are lying down, ensure they do not fall asleep as this could prove incredibly dangerous in the event that they have a concussion.
When the immediate danger has passed and initial treatment has been administered, you need to start thinking about how you can receive compensation for the injury. If anyone else was responsible for the accident, such as another driver in a car accident, you need to collect as much information from them as possible and document the scene thoroughly. Last but not least, get in contact with a Martin County brain injury lawyer from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. We can work on your case, from top to bottom, while you focus on recuperating or tending to your injured loved one.
Call 866-675-4427 for assistance any hour of the day, any day of the week.