Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be a sneaky injury.
The symptoms of a TBI might not show up right away, waiting days or weeks, and may not even seem like signs of a brain injury. Knowing the symptoms of this all too common injury may help you prevent yourself or a loved one from suffering long-term damage.
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual — After a head injury, you should watch the victim’s sleep patterns. If he or she is having trouble sleeping or feels as if he or she needs to sleep more than usual to be rested, it’s time to visit the doctor.
- Wild mood swings — Be on the lookout for any changes in behavior, especially mood swings. A brain injury can show up through outbursts and unpredictable mood swings.
- Feeling of depression or anxiety — Traumatic brain injuries can trigger an intense sadness in its victims. The injured may withdraw from people and activities that used to make him or her happy and may feel hopeless.
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior — A brain injury may cause your loved one to stop being the person you knew before the accident. If your loved one changes his or her behavior after a head injury, it may be a sign of a serious brain injury.
- Nausea or vomiting — This symptom usually presents itself soon after the injury takes place. If a victim feels nauseated after a head injury, seek medical attention immediately.
- Loss of coordination — This is usually a sign of a severe brain injury. The injured may have difficulty walking and that difficulty may be more pronounced on one side or the other.
- Numbness in extremities, such as fingers and toes — Brain injuries can sometimes cause victims to suffer numbness or tingling in their fingers or toes. Sometimes, this numbness can be accompanied with weakness.
- Clear fluid or blood seeping from the nose or ears — If the injured has clear fluids draining out of his or her nose or ears, take him or her to a doctor immediately. This fluid may be cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain.
- Slurred speech — Slurred speech is a common symptom of a severe brain injury. If your loved one is slurring frequently, you should seek medical attention for him or her as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney. Contact the McMinn Law Firm today for a free consultation.