Traumatic brain injuries can have a wide range of impacts on your life, from erasing memories to changing your personality to removing motor skills. It depends on which part of your brain was injured and what that area controlled, along with how soon you get medical attention. Most TBI healing takes place relatively early on in the process, and immediate attention from professionals can certainly help.
Another reason to seek medical attention quickly is that some TBIs will get worse with time. For instance, if the injury is increasing pressure on the brain, new cell death can still happen and the ramifications may get worse. You don’t want to put off treatment or assume you’re fine just because you don’t feel major effects right away.
A variety of signs
While there are a variety of signs and symptoms to consider, and the situation is different for everyone, knowing what to look out for in a general sense can help you take action. Some signs of a TBI include:
- Issues finding the right words or speaking coherently
- Lost memories, blank spaces within memories or trouble creating new ones
- Disorientation and confusion
- Dizziness and instability
- Headaches, especially when exposed to stimulation
- Vision issues like light sensitivity or blurry vision
- A ringing sound in one’s ears
- Vomiting, nausea and related symptoms, as if one is sick
- Changes in sleep patterns
One concerning issue is when a person’s entire mood and personality seems to have changed. They may have emotional outbursts about things that never bothered them before. This can take a toll, especially on family members.
What can you do after an injury?
If you have suffered a serious brain injury, you may find yourself facing high medical bills and the prospect of never working again. An experienced law firm can help you learn more about your potential rights to financial compensation.