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Do you know how to identify a serious head injury?

Brain injuries are more common than most people know. A seemingly minor blow to the head can easily cause some level of brain dysfunction. Injury victims may suffer a variety of physical symptoms immediately after sports injuries, car accidents, acts of violence, falls at work or any number of other incidents involving head bumps. Some signs of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not appear until long after an injury has occurred.

Why do I need to know TBI symptoms?

While a concussion may not seem like a big deal to many people, recovering from a brain injury can take months, even years. Some people never fully recover. Recognizing the symptoms of a TBI can help you or a loved one get the treatment needed for recovery. And, if you were injured due to someone else's negligence (such as in a motor vehicle accident), that person may be responsible for your medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Keep an eye out for these common traumatic brain injury symptoms:

Visual disturbances

As a victim of a TBI, you may have odd and unexpected visual symptoms. Some victims are very sensitive to light. Others experience eyestrain. Like many sufferers, you may find it more difficult to view your smart phone or look at a computer screen.

Reduced depth perception is also common. As a result, operating motor vehicles can be extremely hazardous. In rare cases, the connection between perception and comprehension may be lost. If this happens, you'll be able to see things, but you won't always know what you're looking at.

Memory problems

TBI often affects both short and long-term memory. If you have a brain injury, you may struggle to recall important details. You could forget the simplest things about your life before your TBI. Daily details may also be forgotten. People who previously had dementia, the symptoms might be worse after a TBI.

Issues with memory may cause you to:

  • Lose track of time
  • Forget where you place objects
  • Forget important appointments
  • Fail to follow through with promised phone calls or emails
  • Neglect to take medications at the right time

Personality changes

A TBI can have a huge effect on personality. You may behave differently than you did in the past. Your loved ones may no longer feel like they know you. For example, if you used to be even-tempered, you may now have severe mood swings. You might find yourself lashing out for no reason at all.

Depression is also common among TBI victims: As many as 50 percent suffer from depression within a year of diagnosis.

Seizures and convulsions

TBIs greatly increase a person's risk of seizure. A seizure can occur within a few days or weeks of the brain injury. However, seizures sometimes occur months, even years later.

Get immediate help after a brain injury

If you have suffered a brain injury, it is important to seek medical treatment right away. A doctor can assess the seriousness of your injury. If your TBI was caused by someone else, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your losses.

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