Head and brain injuries are common in accidents, including falls and traffic-related accidents. When you hit your head in an accident, your brain is violently jarred within the skull causing damage to the soft tissue of the brain. The brain controls every bodily function; therefore, brain damage can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
You can experience physical and cognitive problems from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Because of the potential for permanent disability from a brain injury, it is important to understand TBI and what you should do if you are injured in an accident.
How Can You Know If You Have a Brain Injury?
Some traumatic brain injuries are difficult to diagnose because there is no outward sign of trauma. You can suffer a TBI even though you don’t have any bruising, bumps, lacerations, or penetrating injuries. The best way to diagnose the damage is to have a CT scan or MRI. However, many doctors do not order these tests unless you are experiencing some of the symptoms of a brain injury.
Knowing the symptoms of brain trauma is important. Some of the most common signs that you are suffering from brain damage include:
- Having trouble remembering things
- Chronic headaches
- Being oversensitive to sound or light
- Dizziness or loss of coordination
- Difficulty performing multiple tasks at the same time
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or inability to control emotions
You can have a headache after an accident without having brain damage. Being jarred and then dealing with the stress of the accident can result in a headache. However, if you suspect that a headache is a symptom of brain damage, you should seek immediate medical attention. If you have any symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.
Is There Such A Thing As A Mild TBI?
Researchers and doctors have developed a grading scale to describe the severity of a brain injury. However, this often leads people to believe that a mild brain injury is not serious. This is not necessarily true.
The term “mild” does not mean that the brain damage is not serious. It also does not mean that the person will not suffer permanent disabilities because of the brain damage. The term “mild” is simply used to compare a less serious case of brain damage to a severe case of brain damage. It is not intended to mean that the brain damage will not result in life-threatening or serious conditions.
Because any brain damage can be dangerous, it is always best to be checked by a physician after any accident. If you suffer any symptoms, even mild symptoms, push for a diagnostic test to determine if you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
Hire A Louisville Brain Injury Attorney
Our Louisville brain injuries understand the complexities involved in filing a claim in a brain injury case. If another person is responsible for the accident that caused your brain injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.
However, you have a limited time to file your accident claim. Do not wait until it is too late for you to exercise your legal rights. Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with a Louisville brain injury attorney.