Perhaps you or someone you love was recently in an accident. You may have walked away, supposedly without any injuries, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful in the coming days, weeks, and months. Many times, traumatic brain injury doesn’t present itself until a later time. This means that even if you were in a car accident a month ago, you could start to experience symptoms at any time.
Symptoms of TBI
TBI ranges from mild to severe, so you’ll need to understand the symptoms that span that range. TBI often occurs due to accidents that include a jolt, blow or bump to the head, or something that included a large explosion. When these types of accidents occur, the brain’s normal function is disrupted. Some signs this has happened include:
- Headaches, both ongoing and random
- Changes in behavior
- Blurred vision or other sight issues
- Slurred speech
- Vomiting or nausea that does not subside
- Inability to think properly
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
What to Do When You Suspect TBI
If you have experienced one or more of these symptoms, especially following an accident you can remember, it’s important you get help. When you suspect TBI:
- Contact your primary care physician right away. He or she might ask you to come in to get checked out, but depending on your symptoms, the doctor might recommend you head to the emergency room.
- Take it easy. Before you are able to seek medical help, you should calm down and relax. If you are in the middle of a sports game and suddenly get a pounding headache, that’s a sign you need to sit out the rest of the game. If you’ve been taking it easy watching television all day, you should probably turn off the screen for the time being.
- Contact someone to be with you. If you’re dealing with a brain injury, you shouldn’t be driving a car or doing anything else that puts you or others in harm’s way. Contact a friend or family member to take you to the hospital, to sit with you while you’re recovering, and to do things for and with you that you should have help with.
Contact a Lawyer
When you’re injured badly enough that it causes TBI, it’s often because of the negligence of another person or entity. You are probably entitled to compensation, so it’s important you contact a lawyer for assistance in fighting for what you deserve.