Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most severe injuries a person can sustain, as they can affect a person both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, some TBIs go undiagnosed because those who have sustained them fail to recognize their symptoms. Undiagnosed TBIs often get worse as time goes on, so it is vitally important to understand the signs and symptoms of TBIs, what to do if you observe these symptoms, and whether you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained as a result of the TBI. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent Connecticut brain injury lawyer from Casper & de Toledo for more information.
How do most traumatic brain injuries occur?
TBIs can occur in a wide range of settings and scenarios, but some of the most common causes are as follows:
- Auto accidents
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries
What are the most common signs or symptoms of a TBI?
Some of the most common symptoms and signs of TBIs are as follows:
- Persistent headache
- Vestibular or balance issues
- Vomiting or nausea
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Cognitive difficulties
- Personality changes or mood swings
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep disturbance – falling asleep or maintaining sleep
- Convulsions or seizures
Of course, if someone is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have a TBI, but they are good general indicators to go by. Ultimately, after any accident or forceful blow to the head, a person should get checked out by a doctor to ensure they receive the medical care they need. Sometimes, TBI symptoms take a while to manifest, but the sooner you get treated, the better.
Who is entitled to compensation for TBIs?
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you should qualify for compensation; however, you will have to satisfy the burden of proof. Simply put, this means that you will have to gather and present evidence to prove you were hurt due to no fault of your own. Some of the most useful forms of evidence are as follows:
- Witness statements
- Photographs of the accident scene and vehicles
- Medical documentation
- Surveillance footage of the accident
- Police reports
If you or a loved one has been hurt due to another person’s careless actions, Casper & de Toledo is here to help. Contact us today so we can get started working on your case.