What Are Indications of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Atlanta Attorneys at Grant Law Office Can Help
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain suffers damage from a blow to the head or an object piercing the skull. In some cases of mild or moderate TBI, the injured person may not realize immediately that a trauma has occurred. That's why it's important for patients and medical professionals alike to recognize indications of TBI and respond quickly if a TBI is suspected.
When a blow to the head happens or is suspected in any type of accident, the injured person should be examined for signs of TBI as soon as possible. The sooner a TBI is diagnosed, the more quickly it can be treated, increasing the chances of a full recovery. Some head injuries, however, leave patients with lingering or permanent symptoms. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Grant Law Office to learn more about your legal rights. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a no-cost consultation.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Immediately after an accident or other incident, a person who has suffered a blow to the head may experience some or all of the following symptoms. These should be checked out by a doctor immediately:
- Head or neck pain;
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting;
- Seizures, confusion, disorientation, or impaired consciousness or memory; and
- Any period of unconsciousness.
Because even mild trauma can interfere with memory, it's important to see a doctor if any of these symptoms arise in the days or weeks following an accident, even if you can't clearly remember whether or not you hit your head.
Indications of a TBI that may not appear immediately, but that may develop over a few days, include:
- New or increased head or neck pain;
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting;
- Insomnia and/or fatigue;
- Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or communicating; and
- Depression, irritability, anxiety, or other changes in mood or expression.
Like the more immediate indications of a TBI, these symptoms should be examined by a doctor immediately. In some patients, they may take weeks or even months to develop, so it's important to remain aware of the indications of TBI even if you don't think you suffered any harm in the accident.
It's important to report all symptoms you can remember to a physician. Often, doctors will carefully question patients who may have suffered a mild TBI. The detailed questions are intended to help patients remember what happened in the incident and to gather as much information as possible about symptoms, especially changes in mood or mental function that can signal long-lasting impairments.
Seeking Help from a Skilled Georgia Injury Lawyer
Medical help should always be your first priority after any accident in which brain trauma or other injuries are suspected. If you also need help seeking compensation from any parties responsible for your actions, please don't hesitate to call the dedicated Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyers at Grant Law Office. We'll fight to protect your rights under Georgia law and help you get the compensation you need. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.
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