Head trauma is one of the most serious injuries a person can incur. Left unchecked, head trauma can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Traumatic brain injuries often occur from accidents, including car crashes, bicycle accidents, and accidents on construction sites. If you or a loved one has suffered from head trauma, you may need to contact a brain injury lawyer to review your case. Here are some of the common symptoms associated with head trauma and concussions (mild brain injury) as well as what to look for in delayed head trauma.
There are a number of symptoms of head trauma, many of which may seem somewhat mild at first. It’s important that you carefully watch for these symptoms following any head injuries:
• Losing balance or having difficulty standing upright
• Feeling confused
• Temporarily losing your memory
• Feeling nauseated
• Having a headache
• Experiencing ringing in your ears
It’s easy to mistake some of these symptoms for other things, which is why it’s so important to keep track of any aches, pains, or other odd occurrences that happen after an injury to the head. If you have any small cuts or odd bumps on your head, you may also have head trauma, even if you don’t have any other symptoms.
In addition to these mild symptoms, some people suffer more severe troubles:
• Losing consciousness
• Losing control of your muscles
• Having seizures
• Unable to control your eye movements or having abnormal movements
• Bleeding from head wounds
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If you experience any of these severe symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention quickly. If emergency personnel believe someone has had head trauma, they will stabilize the person’s neck, head, and back prior to transportation to the hospital. Then they will do an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to determine the extent of the damage.
Delayed Head Trauma
It’s possible for someone to suffer from concussion symptoms days, weeks, or even months and years after the traumatic event. Post-concussion syndrome, or showing concussion symptoms three months or more after an accident, can last for years. Around a third of all people who suffer from concussions will have some form of post-concussion syndrome.
Any of the symptoms that occur from mild or severe head trauma can occur as post-concussion syndrome. Common issues include headache, vomiting, nausea, trouble balancing, blurred vision, double vision, poor coordination, and even a change in how a person tastes or smells certain things. Some people may also experience cognitive issues such as feeling mentally foggy, changes in their emotional state, or difficulty sleeping. Again, it’s important that anyone who has these symptoms following a head injury, even if that injury was months ago, see a doctor.
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If you believe you have a brain injury due to an accident, it’s important that you speak to a legal professional and prepare a grievance. Brain injuries can be difficult to prove, especially if the damage is incredibly small. It’s possible MRIs and CT scans won’t pick it up. That’s why you need a brain damage lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases and will know how to approach your case the right way.