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Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on November 17, 2016 to

Leading Brain Injury Attorney In DC, Fairfax, VA And Greenbelt, MD On Common Signs Of TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

woman with a headacheOur Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. brain injury legal teams have been working with accident victims for more than 30 years. In that time, advancements in medical knowledge have brought to light how often a seemingly small accident, like a slip and fall, can cause a mild or potentially fatal brain injury. The more science moves forward, the more important it is to try to recognize symptoms that may indicate an accident resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

It is sometimes very obvious when someone has sustained a brain injury; however, not all symptoms are consistent or severe. Many times, serious brain injuries go undiagnosed. While the symptoms of TBI vary from person to person, one thing is common in all cases: the sooner a brain injury is diagnosed, the better the brain injury prognosis could be.

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of someone else, Virginia and Maryland brain injury attorneys at our firm may be able to get you the damages you need to begin moving forward from the accident. Brain injury compensation can help you and your family pay for past and future medical treatment, hospital bills and other costs, like lost income, you suffered or will suffer because of a TBI.

Talking to an injury lawyer after an accident may not be your first instinct, but it could be your best move. If our firm can help you in any way, even if it is only to review your case and offer free legal advice, our brain injury lawyers are happy to help. If you do have a case and hiring legal representation is in your best interest, we will go to work right away strengthening your claim and using our nationally recognized personal injury law experience to recover a fair recovery on your behalf.

What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?

There are many types of traumatic brain injury, and some accidents are more likely to result in a TBI than others. For example, doctors are more likely to be looking for a brain injury if you were involved in a car accident than they are if you fell and broke your arm.

Symptoms of a mild TBI or concussion include:

  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or loss of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Mood changes
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking or reading

Symptoms of a more severe TBI may include the above symptoms, as well as the following:

  • Headaches that do not go away
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Weakness or numbness in extremities
  • Severe sensitivity to lights or sounds
  • Loss of coordination

If you or a loved one have been in an accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit a medical professional immediately. Do not delay getting medical attention or assume the symptoms will go away on their own. Many brain injury symptoms do not appear immediately after an accident, but days, weeks or even months afterwards.

Even if a doctor does not diagnose you with a TBI or concussion, having a baseline medical record of your current symptoms you are experiencing can help with monitoring whether the injury gets worse.

Are Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Different for Children?

Children can suffer traumatic brain injury like adults, but they may display slightly different symptoms. Due to their young brains, the effects of a force on the head or neck can result in developmental and functional issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children in the United States.

You should consult a physician if your child has received a head injury and exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Refusal to eat
  • Behavioral changes, such as changes in the way a child plays or in-school performance
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
  • Vomiting
  • Unsteady walking

Studies found that the severity of a brain injury in a child will have a more devastating impact than the same severity brain injury suffered by an adult. One reason why is that some issues caused by a child brain injury may not become known until the child is older and beginning to develop social and cognitive skills. A child brain injury could mean a lifetime of physical limitations and mental challenges when learning appropriate social behaviors, including struggling to interact with family, other children, at school and within the community.

When handling a TBI claim involving a child, a personal injury attorney must consider the current and potentially long-term expenses your family will face to ensure your child receives fair compensation. This means taking into account the lifetime of medical treatment, rehabilitation and other costs your child will need to have the best quality of life possible after a brain injury. Our firm will work with brain injury experts, medical specialists and life care planners when calculating what a fair case result should total and fight to recover this amount for you.

TBI Symptoms from an Accident? Get Medical Help, Then Call Our DC Brain Injury Attorney

If you believe you may have suffered a TBI as a result of your accident and would like to learn more about your legal rights, the TBI lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. can help you get compensation for your injuries.

Our offices are located in Washington, D.C.; Fairfax, Virginia; and Greenbelt, Maryland. Contact us online or call to speak with a TBI attorney or to set up a free initial consultation.