How to Recognize a Traumatic Brain Injury

It can happen in an instant and can change your life forever. A blow to the head from a fall, a hit during an athletic event, an accident with a motor vehicle, or even an injury on the battlefield can leave you with a traumatic brain injury that can cause an array of debilitating brain injury symptoms.

Estimates show 2.2 million Americans will seek treatment for brain injuries this year alone. Of those individuals, roughly 280,000 will be hospitalized and another 52,000 will lose their lives. These numbers may leave you wondering, “How can I know I’ve suffered a brain injury and what should I do if I have?”

Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose, so medical treatment should be sought immediately if you receive a blow to the head and experience:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Trouble balancing
  • Changes in attention span
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired cognitive ability

After the Brain Injury

If you suspect you or a loved one were the victim of a brain injury, the most important thing to know is that help is available. It cannot be reiterated enough how important seeking the diagnosis of a medical professional can be after suffering a blow to the head. The Brain Injury Association of America also suggests getting plenty of rest and avoiding activities that could cause you to suffer a secondary brain injury.

It may also be wise to speak with a brain injury attorney about your legal rights to potential compensation for your injury. At HensonFuerst, our team of North Carolina brain injury lawyers can answer any questions you have regarding the law or the legal processes involving brain injuries. We can be reached by calling (866) 777-1170.

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