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Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury | What You Should Know

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Few things are as devastating and long-lasting as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such an injury could impact every aspect of your life. Remarkably, because TBI is classified at the time of injury, a mild TBI can actually prove more devastating in the long run than a moderate TBI. The brain is just that complicated. While the greater the initial severity of TBI improves the likelihood that the patient will be properly screened in the Emergency Department (ED), many concussion patients are not properly evaluated in an ED, and others do not understand the signs and symptoms of a TBI.  For example, you don’t need to suffer a loss of consciousness to suffer a brain injury. Contact an experienced Connecticut brain injury lawyer to learn what you should know.

What are the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury?

If you or a loved one have experienced any of the following signs and symptoms after a traumatic event, you may have sustained a brain injury:

Mild traumatic brain injury

Physical symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Problems with speech
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

Sensory symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Changes in the ability to smell
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

Cognitive, behavioral or mental symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious

Sleep disturbance

  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Inability to remain asleep
  • Too much sleep
  • Too little sleep
  • Sleep apnea

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

Physical symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
  • Persistent headache or headache that worsens
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination

Cognitive or mental symptoms

  • Profound confusion
  • Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Coma and other disorders of consciousness

In the event of a suspected traumatic brain injury, you should always seek medical attention first. Your next step should be reaching out to a skilled Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.

What can a Connecticut brain injury lawyer do for you?

Traumatic brain injuries are a serious matter and our firm will always treat them as such. We believe that those who have sustained traumatic brain injuries through no fault of their own should focus on recovery while their lawyer fights for the damages such victims deserve. Let us help hold the negligent parties responsible.

Contact our experienced Connecticut firm

If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, Casper & de Toledo is here to help you. While our firm has dedicated decades of experience to fighting for brain injury victims, we also handle auto accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Trust Casper & de Toledo to handle your case with the utmost competence and discretion. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned traumatic brain injury lawyers.