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Subtle Symptoms of Brain Injury You Should Not Ignore

By Lisa LeeFebruary 28, 2024No Comments

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by someone or something hitting your head with significant force. It can also be caused by severe whiplash. This is a type of acquired brain injury which is far too common in auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, and pedestrian accidents among others. Signs or symptoms of head trauma should not be ignored.

Speak with a medical practitioner and an experienced attorney if you believe your head injury is because of the carelessness, recklessness, or negligence of another.

Less Obvious Signs of Brain Injury

Many victims of personal injury assume that just because they are given a clean bill of health and sent home, there is nothing to worry about. This is a dangerous assumption since there are several injuries that manifest gradually. Significant trauma to the brain may have delayed symptoms, which can lower your quality of life.

These are a few subtle signs you should not ignore:

  • Balance problems
  • Persistent headaches
  • Intermittent nausea
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion

Difference Between Concussion and Brain Injury

Seriousness of traumatic brain injuries are receiving growing attention in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries refer to any injury to the brain that may result from a blow to the body or head. This can be in the form of a penetrating or impact injury. Symptoms of TBI includes tingling in the hands, headaches, and feeling of needles and pins, among others.

In contrast, concussions refer to injuries where brain function is affected by collision or a jarring blow to the body or head. The brain gets jostled relentlessly in the skull causing damage to brain cells. Concussions may alter brain chemistry. In certain medical circles, concussions are known as a mild form of TBI.

You should consult with a qualified personal injury attorney immediately if you suspect brain injury because of the actions of another. These injuries may incur costly medical bills and you should not have to suffer the financial ramifications on your own.

Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury

You should get medical treatment immediately if you experienced a head injury. You may suffer delayed symptoms following the head injury even if the doctor discharged you. Treatment can range from rest and pain medication to brain surgery and ensuing rehabilitation. Your recovery will depend on the severity of injury.

Concussion generally requires 2-3 weeks to heal completely. However, severe traumatic brain injuries may mean weeks or years of rehab. In a few unfortunate cases, full recovery is never possible. Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) – a national research center dealing extensively with TBI reports that 30% patients suffering from moderate to severe TBI require caregivers even after 2 years.

25% TBI victims are also prone to depression. An estimated 50% patients get better enough to drive again. These statistics are not absolute, but they show that TBI patients may not experience the same quality of life.

Consult With a Capable Brain Injury Attorney Today

You should not have to face the financial consequences of your personal injury alone. The dedicated legal team at Walton Law, A.P.C. are here to help you through every step of the personal injury claim if you think another person or entity is responsible for your injuries. To set up your complimentary consultation, call (866) 338-7079 or reach us online.