As a result of an auto accident or a slip-and-fall accident, you may suffer a variety of different injuries. However, if you suffer a forceful jolt to the head, you may sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a serious head injury that could be life-threatening or life-altering. TBIs are classified into either mild, moderate, severe, or persistent vegetative states depending on the severity of the injury. Unfortunately, the signs of a TBI are not always immediate. An individual suffering from a TBI may not experience symptoms until a few hours or days after an accident. It is critical to understand the signs of TBIs to ensure you receive proper medical care. Please continue to follow along to learn about the signs of a TBI and how a qualified Westchester County Personal Injury Attorney can help you today.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
As mentioned above a common injury those involved in car crashes and slip-and-fall accidents sustain is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI usually occurs when an individual suffers a violent blow to the head or body. Essentially, it occurs when there is damage to the brain. In a car accident, the forceful impact of vehicles colliding can cause an individual to be violently jerked forward and backward. This motion causes the brain to collide with the skull causing damage to the brain.
What signs should I be aware of?
TBIs may not have immediate effects. This is why it is imperative even if your injuries seem minor after any type of accident to have your injuries examined and treated by a medical professional. As mentioned above, in some cases, the symptoms of a TBI could have delayed effects. For instance, the symptoms of a mild TBI such as a concussion could appear right away. However, the signs may not appear right. The symptoms may not be present until hours or days after the incident. If a TBI is left untreated it could cause other significant problems. If an individual sustains a concussion and they do not receive the proper medical treatment it could have negative long-term physical and cognitive effects. Moreover, signs indicative of TBI include the following symptoms but are not limited to:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent headaches
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears and slurred speech
- A change in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Diminished concentration
- Memory issues
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of coordination
If an individual is experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms they may be suffering from a TBI. Victims of auto accidents and slip-and-fall accidents should seek immediate medical treatment to ensure their injuries are treated properly.
In the unfortunate event that you have sustained a TBI as a result of another party’s negligent actions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our skilled and determined attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients seek monetary compensation for their damages.