If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, or other type of accident, such as a slip and fall, and are now experiencing sensitivity to light, headaches, or nausea, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Maybe you hit your head on something or were knocked unconscious and now something doesn’t feel right.
The good news is head and brain injuries are finally getting the attention they deserve in light of the link discovered between football and brain injuries which has greatly increased the study of these life-changing injuries. Whether it be from a car accident
or a slip and fall
, if you’ve been injured in a serious accident and suffered a head injury, consider reaching out to a skilled Las Vegas traumatic brain injury attorney.
Unfortunately, a lot of accidents have brain injuries that are not immediately detected and will have a long-term impact on many aspects of your life. Some of these symptoms may take months to develop.
After an accident, some of the common symptoms of head and traumatic brain injury include:
• Memory loss
• Difficulty concentrating
• Mood changes such as anger or newfound anxiety
• Trouble with sleep, either waking up or falling asleep
Behavioral and personality changes are also common due to changes to areas controlling hormones or major emotions. Headaches and pain can also occur as a result of a brain injury either directly from the damage or due to neurological conditions stemming from the injury. Due to the changes in the brain as well as the issues associated with the change in physical and mental capacity, depression and low self-esteem are common side effects that can be treated with psychological help.
• Ringing in your ears
• Trouble focusing your eyes
• Trouble with speech
• Loss of smell or taste
• Trouble with coordination or loss of muscle function
• Weakness or paralysis
Brain injuries have far-reaching and varied consequences due to the nature of the brain being the main source of all bodily function and control.
Brain-injured people commonly experience issues with memory and confusion. There can be issues with either long or short-term memories depending on the location and severity of the injury. Sometimes memory can be improved through rehabilitation, although it can also be permanent.
The old method of judging the severity of your head brain injury was previously based on how long you were unconscious. This method over time has proven to be wholly inadequate. Some people with serious head injuries do not even experience unconsciousness. If you were unconscious, it’s important to get proper care as quickly as possible, but it’s equally important in cases where you may not have been unconscious but are now experiencing any of the above symptoms. In all cases, you need to be legally protected as soon as possible!
For immediate assistance, please contact Las Vegas traumatic brain injury lawyer Chandon Alexander at the Spartacus Law Firm (702) 660-1234
In Mild Brain Injuries, your symptoms may include headache, confusion, ear ringing, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, mood, or behavior. Other symptoms can include trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. Mental fatigue is a common debilitating experience and may not be linked by the patient to the original (minor) incident. Narcolepsy and sleep disorders are common misdiagnoses.
In more Moderate/Severe Brain Injuries, cognitive symptoms will include confusion, aggressiveness, abnormal behavior, slurred speech, and coma, or other disorders of consciousness. Physical symptoms include headaches that worsen or do not go away, vomiting or nausea, convulsions, abnormal dilation of the eyes, inability to awaken from sleep, weakness in extremities, and loss of coordination.
For Brain Injuries in Children, symptoms observed include changes in eating habits, persistent irritability or sadness, changes in attention, or disrupted sleeping habits.
Many tests and specialists are often needed to determine the prognosis. People with minor brain damage can have debilitating side effects; not just severe brain damage patients.
The side-effects of a brain injury depend on location and the body’s response to injury. Even a mild concussion can have long-term effects that may not resolve.
Another misconception is that children heal better from brain damage. Children are at greater risk for injury due to lack of maturity. It makes future development hard to predict. This is because different cortical areas mature at different stages. In the case of a child with frontal brain injury, for example, the impact of the damage may be undetectable until that child fails to develop normal executive functions in his or her late teens and early twenties.
Recovering from any type of injury, especially one involving the brain, may seem like a tough journey, but it is possible to overcome your injury and move on with your life with proper care and support. There may be some challenges and setbacks, but plenty of people have faced the road to TBI recovery and successfully traveled it. If you suffered disability, pain, or suffering after a brain injury you need to know that you are not alone.