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Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

 Posted on February 12, 2024 in Brain Injuries

Blog ImageTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) can damage the brain where the injury took place as well as the surrounding areas and tissue. This can lead to multiple complications, which in turn leads to many painful and problematic symptoms. Needless to say, TBIs can be detrimental to both short and long-term health. There are some common symptoms to look out for that can help determine whether or not you might have a TBI. If you have suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it is a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer when seeking compensation for damages.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A TBI is a mild to severe injury that the brain can suffer due to an object piercing the brain (penetrating TBI) or a forceful blow, jolt, or bump to the head or body (non-penetrating or blunt TBI). Some TBIs may only be temporary while others could leave lasting, permanent disabilities to a person. Some TBIs can even end in death. The damage suffered during a TBI can be physical, cognitive, or to the senses, and can be immediate or occur at a later time following the injury.

Mild Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms that are lower on the danger scale fall into the mild category. However, understand that a TBI can have both mild and moderate symptoms and that they may not always occur at the same time as one another. Some of the more common mild symptoms you may experience or notice in a TBI include:

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Blurred vision

  • Tinnitus

  • Mood swings

  • Complications associated with concentration or thought

  • Light sensitivity

  • Vomiting

A concussion is most often considered a mild form of TBI. Individuals in car, truck, or motorcycle accidents may experience concussions along with other injuries by hitting their heads on the steering wheel, window, or hard pavement

Moderate to Severe Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The more problematic symptoms of a TBI can be particularly dangerous to anyone suffering them. Individuals with moderate to severe symptoms have a higher likelihood of developing significant and long-term health problems. Common moderate to severe symptoms in a TBI include:

  • Severe and unrelenting headache

  • Slurred speech

  • Continuous vomiting or nausea

  • Seizures, especially in children with TBIs

  • Numbness in limbs

  • Profound disorientation or confusion

  • Inability to stay awake

  • Losing consciousness for long periods of time

  • Memory loss

More severe TBI types include brain bleeds (hematoma) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is a progressive neurological disorder that can affect thinking and motor skills.

Contact a Lake County, IL Personal Injury Attorney

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the worst injuries a person can suffer. If you or someone you know has lived through a terrible accident and suffered a TBI, you should employ an experienced Waukegan, IL brain injury lawyer to aid you in retrieving compensatory damages. For a free consultation with a skilled Illinois personal injury lawyer, contact Salvi & Maher, LLP at 847-662-3303.

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