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Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) You Should Be Able to Identify

A brain injury suffered in an accident often causes the most harm when it goes unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated. To this end, it is crucial to know how to readily spot some telltale signs that an accident victim has experienced brain damage, including yourself. By identifying the indicators of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and reacting quickly, you may be able to prevent or greatly reduce the lasting effects of that injury.

(Remember to ask someone else to assess you, as it can be difficult, if not impossible, to self-diagnose a brain injury. In an emergency or after any violent accident that has left someone seriously injured, call 911 at once and allow emergency medical responders to provide care and assistance.)

Some common indicators that someone has suffered an underlying TBI are:

  • Sudden or gradual loss of memory, also called amnesia: Someone with an undiagnosed brain injury may have trouble remembering faces, names, or the location of day-to-day objects. They might also be unable to form new memories.
  • Cognitive impairment: It is not uncommon for a person with a TBI to be unable to focus on even simple tasks, like brushing their teeth or getting dressed. They may also experience occasional or frequent hazes of confusion, or even lose the ability to recognize speech.
  • Behavioral changes: The moods of people with a TBI often change unexpectedly or uncharacteristically. Take note if an accident victim laughs or cries during inappropriate times. They might also show increased signs of aggression, decreased self-control, and become irritable when interacting with new people. Developing compulsive habits, such as repeating actions or phrases to calm themselves, is also not uncommon of a TBI patient. Lastly, someone with a TBI can fall into an unexplained depression.
  • Nausea and balance loss: People with a TBI may find it extremely difficult to maintain balance, or they may be hit with equilibrium loss at seemingly random times. The dizziness can also include nausea and queasiness that triggers vomiting. The muscles of a TBI patient may also feel stiff, making it an exertion for them to stand still or perform other motor functions.
  • Sensory changes: If someone loses their sense of smell, becomes overly sensitive to light or sound, or has pupils that cannot focus, they may have suffered a TBI. Temporary or permanent blurred vision is also common among TBI patients, as is tinnitus, or a persistent ringing in the ears.
  • Head trauma: Perhaps the most noticeable symptoms of a brain injury are those related to actual head trauma. Look for deep bruising, lacerations, breaks in the skull, and seizure episodes. A TBI victim will often suffer chronic headaches or develop migraines that they did not experience before in their lives. Oppositely, they may sometimes be overcome with sudden clarity, feeling all at once as if they can concentrate or grasp a concept; this is assumed to be the abrupt yet temporary lifting of subtle or unknown symptoms.

If you spot any of the aforementioned symptoms or warning signs in someone who has been in an accident, regardless of how long ago that accident occurred, please get them to a doctor as soon as possible. They may have an undiagnosed brain injury that is getting worse as time goes on.

West Virginia Brain Injury Attorneys

After you or another TBI patient has sought treatment, it is time to start thinking about seeking compensation for your injuries. If a third party had any involvement in the accident that caused your TBI, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against them to help pay for your damages, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Brain injuries are often diagnosed after someone has been in a:

To discover your legal options for compensation after being diagnosed with a brain injury, call (304) 605-2040 to connect with Berthold Law Firm, PLLC. The West Virginia personal injury lawyers at our law firm are highly-experienced and trial-tested, having stood up for the rights of the wrongfully injured across 70+ combined years and having collected millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients. Due to our abilities, client-focused approach, and dedication to professionalism and business ethics, we have earned an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and a Best Law Firms (2018) selection by Best Lawyers®. See what our caliber of service can do for you by scheduling a free consultation with our firm.