Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries and Signs You May Have One

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Traumatic brain injuries are typically the result of a jolt or violent blow to a victim’s head. Traumatic brain injuries may also result from an object, like a skull fragment or a bullet, puncturing the brain tissue.

Although mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries will temporarily affect the brain cells, more severe cases will result in severe bruising, bleeding, and tissue damage, all of which can cause long-term health issues or even death.

Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can result in a wide range of physical or psychological problems. While some symptoms or signs of a traumatic brain injury will present themselves immediately following a traumatic event or accident, others may take days, or even weeks, to appear.

Symptoms and Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some of the symptoms and signs of a mild traumatic brain injury to look out for following an accident include the following:

  • Physical symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury: 
    • Headache
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Drowsiness
    • Fatigue
    • Speech problems
    • Imbalance
    • Dizziness
  • Sensory symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury:
    • Ear ringing
    • Blurred vision
    • Unpleasant tastes in your mouth
    • Issues with smell
    • Light sensitivity
    • Sound sensitivity
  • Mental, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury: 
    • Consciousness loss for minutes or seconds
    • Disorientation or confusion without consciousness loss
    • Concentration or memory issues
    • Mood swings or mood changes
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Sleep issues

Symptoms and Signs of a Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury might include the same symptoms and signs of a mild brain injury outlined above. However, specific signs and symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries will present in the first few hours up to days following a traumatic head injury.

Some of the symptoms and signs of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries to look out for following an accident include the following:

  • Physical symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury:
    • Consciousness loss that lasts from a few minutes up to several hours
    • Persistent headaches or headaches that worsen over time
    • Repeated vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Convulsions
    • Pupil dilation
    • Clear fluid drain from the ears or nose
    • An inability to wake from sleep
    • Numbness and weakness in the toes or fingers
    • Coordination loss
  • Mental or cognitive symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury:
    • Slurred speech
    • Agitation
    • Profound confusion
    • Combativeness
    • Unusual Behavior
    • Coma

Seeking Medical Attention for Traumatic Brain Injuries

You should always seek medical attention if you have been involved in a workplace accident or traumatic event and are showing some of the above-referenced signs.  

Although terms like “moderate,” “mild,” or “severe” are often used in describing traumatic brain injuries and the effect that these injuries have on a person’s overall brain function. However, it is essential to note that a mild traumatic brain injury is just as serious and requires immediate attention and a diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

What to Do If You’ve Experienced an On-The-Job Traumatic Brain Injury

If you or someone you love was injured on the job and suffered a traumatic brain injury, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys from Aoudi Law can help. Our team has the experience necessary to ensure that anyone who suffers a traumatic brain injury on the job gets the compensation they deserve.

The California workers’ compensation specialists from the team at Aoudi Law have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. So whether you are just starting the workers’ compensation claims process or if your employer’s insurance company has denied your claim, the professional staff at Aoudi Law has your back.

Call or text 714-769-8706 today for a free consultation.

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