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How Do I Know If I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?

When it comes to head injuries, it’s never a good idea to overlook or downplay your symptoms. But, what if you don’t know what symptoms to look for? Head trauma can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which are extensively damaging and sometimes permanent, which is why you should know how to spot the common symptoms.

Because these types of injuries are so serious, it’s always important to err on the side of caution by visiting a healthcare professional you trust. That being said, it’s also good to know what signs to look for when you suspect you, or someone you love, might have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Common signs of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Behavioral changes (depression, unwarranted anger)
  • Dilated pupils

If the injury is very severe, the injured person might also experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss consciousness for a prolonged period of time
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollably vomiting—repeatedly
  • Weakness or numbness in the fingers or toes
  • Clear fluid draining from the ears and nose
  • Combativeness

Traumatic brain injuries can occur anywhere, and they are, unfortunately, quite common. Any blow to the head can directly impact the brain, causing internal damage. Or, a jarring shake or bodily blow might jar the brain, causing it to collide with the skull or pull from the brain stem. Oftentimes, these types of injuries are the result of motor vehicle injuries, sports injuries, physical assault, slip and fall accidents, and

I Have a TBI— What’s Next?

It’s always best to see a trained medical professional if you experience any symptoms of a TBI. Through MRI scans, X-rays, and other imaging tests, doctors should be able to determine the extent of your injuries and the best method of treatment. Once you’ve taken care of your health, you should contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options.

If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake, make sure you know how a personal injury attorney can help you. Our experienced lawyer at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC can help you pursue compensation and justice after a serious accident. Our firm utilizes cutting-edge technology to help our clients, and we have extensive courtroom experience if you need to go to trial. We also possess a large, capable staff and offer free initial consultations.

Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today if you need a compassionate, experienced lawyer on your side.