A traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that isn’t always easy to detect. Many times it takes days or even weeks for the signs of a brain injury to start showing, and often the symptoms associated with this condition are things that people are not typically on the lookout for.
However, left untreated, a traumatic brain injury can turn fatal, and that’s why it’s important that you’re familiar with what to watch out for. A sufferer may experience multiple symptoms, but they also might only have one or two, so it’s crucial that you be looking for virtually anything out of the ordinary.
Symptoms in Adults
The actual symptoms someone experiences with a traumatic brain injury can range anywhere from mild or moderate to severe.
At the lower end of the spectrum, you can expect things like:
- Persistent headaches
- Sensations of dizziness
- Blurry vision or other eye problems
- Forgetfulness and amnesia
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds
- Ringing in the ears
- A bad taste in the mouth
More serious symptoms can include any of the previous ones as well as:
- Severe, constant headaches
- Nausea—including vomiting
- Seizures or other uncontrolled body movements
- Pupil dilation
- Unusual personality changes, such as unprovoked agitation
- Speech impediments, such as slurred words
- Bodily Weakness
Symptoms in Children
Unlike adults, children are not always as able to accurately describe the symptoms and sensations occurring within them. Because of this, detecting a traumatic brain injury in a child can sometimes be more difficult. Symptoms with children can include:
- Personality changes, such as unusual crankiness or restlessness
- Refusal to eat or loss of appetite
- Unusual sleep patterns
- A decline in performance at school
- Loss of interest in activities that they normally like
What To Do About Traumatic Brain Injuries
Unfortunately, even the most diligent healthcare professionals overlook many symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. Because a brain injury can work so stealthily, it’s best to embrace the classic mantra “better safe than sorry.” Any time you or a loved one suffers any sort of injury to the head, it’s usually in your best interest to get evaluated just in case. These brain injuries can cause severe damage, and it’s not worth the risk of leaving one undiagnosed.
If you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, please call us at 844-Hunter Law to schedule a free case consultation.