If you suffered a head injury or a traumatic brain injury, it’s very important to get the medical care that you need right away. This is true if you’ve been involved in a fall, a truck accident, a medical mistake or some other event that has led to a significant injury. You don’t want to put medical treatment off because many head injuries can get worse with time.
But how do you know what symptoms to look for? You may be hesitant to head to the hospital, knowing how expensive it can be, until you’re sure. With that in mind, here are a few common signs of a traumatic brain injury.
First and foremost, you may have mental fog and confusion. You may have lost memories of the event. In some cases, people have no idea how they’ve even arrived at the location. This can be very unsettling. Still others will forget people they once knew or even fail to create new memories in the future.
It’s also fairly common for TBI survivors to have mood swings. In some cases, they seem very different than the people they were before. This can make it more difficult to continue your career or keep up with close personal relationships.
Loss of consciousness
A major sign of a traumatic brain injury is simply when someone loses consciousness. This doesn’t have to last for very long to be an indicator of a significant injury. Even if you only blacked out for a second, that’s enough of a reason to seek medical attention.
Depending on the type of injury, people can also experience symptoms like dizziness, trouble with motor functions, trouble finding the right words, sensitivity to light and sound and much more. It all depends on how severe the injury is and the part of the brain that has been impacted.
Seeking medical treatment
As noted above, medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury is often very expensive. This is why it’s so important to understand your legal options to seek financial compensation from the person responsible. This may help to cover not only your medical costs, but future costs and lost wages, as well.