Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury to Look for After an Accident

September 20, 2013

Traumatic Brain Injury

brain injury symptomsIf you have been knocked on the head in any way, you should have yourself examined. These types of accidents have devastating consequences without the proper medical attention.

After treatment, people with mild head injuries that go to the hospital for tests are usually sent home. Doctors, for their part, are generally extremely conscientious in giving instructions on how to handle at home follow-up.

What are the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury?

  • Loss of consciousness, no matter how fleeting

  • Headaches

  • Memory lapses

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Irritability or other unexplained changes in personality

  • Insomnia

It may be extremely crucial to get help if you have experienced even one of these symptoms after a head injury.

What Can Happen if You Do Not?

A woman suffered what she thought was a mild bump on the head in an automobile accident in Houston, Texas, in 2012. She went home claiming that she felt fine. She later developed a headache that became so severe that she wound up in the emergency room. She never left. There were complications from her closed head wound.

The most common form of mild brain injury is a concussion, which occurs when the brain sloshes back and forth after a collision of some sort and smacks against the inside of the skull. Young athletes can get a concussion from simply playing their sport, but it is especially important to keep an eye on them when they’re playing football because violent collisions are part of the game.

What Happens Afterwards?

In the wake of several, high-profile concussion injuries that culminated with Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb possibly being finished for his career, doctors in the 21st century are becoming more conservative in allowing brain-injured athletes back on the field. Even in cases of car accidents or other places where people suffer brain injuries, doctors are recommending aggressive short-term treatment and strict long-term evaluation.

If you’ve been hurt, a personal injury attorney can help

If you or someone you know has suffered such a brain injury through someone’s negligence, a Florida personal injury lawyer might be able to help. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are ready to help, so call them for a free, initial consultation at 727-472-4021.

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