Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
A traumatic brain injury can occur when someone receives a violent blow or jolt to the head or neck, or when an object penetrates the skull and brain tissues. Because the brain plays a role in a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional functions, traumatic brain injury symptoms can be widespread.
The degree and type of traumatic brain injury symptoms that a person experiences depends largely on the area and extent of damage. Whether an injury is mild or severe, symptoms can be long-lasting or permanent. Here, traumatic brain injury lawyers at Quick Law Group, PLLC, serving the Bellevue, WA, area, discuss common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.
Physical Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are usually the most noticeable to injury victims, because they tend to develop almost immediately following an injury. Again, the degree of injury symptoms and the type of injury symptoms that develop will vary based on how severely the brain is damaged and which part of the brain is impacted. Depending on each person’s unique circumstances, potential physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness (possibly for minutes, hours, or longer)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or difficulties with balance
- Weakness or numbness in the outer extremities
- Compromised coordination
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Cognitive Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the primary roles of the brain is to process and organize thoughts, so it is very common for our Bellevue clients to experience cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury. Some of the cognitive effects of a traumatic brain injury develop immediately, while others may become apparent in the days, weeks, or months after the injury. Cognitive symptoms of a traumatic brain injury could include:
- General state of confusion or feeling of disorientation
- Difficulty processing or expressing thoughts
- Memory loss (short- or long-term)
- Concentration problems
- Difficulty sleeping
- Slurred speech
Emotional Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The emotional symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are not always as easy to recognize as the physical and cognitive effects, and many injury victims do not develop emotional symptoms until several weeks or months after the injury has occurred. When these types of symptoms do develop, our Bellevue clients may not realize that they are linked to their traumatic brain injury. Emotional symptoms that may stem from a traumatic brain injury include:
- Feeling agitated or combative
- Disinterest in family, friends, previous hobbies, activities, etc.
- Desire to sleep or stay in bed longer
- Mood swings
- General changes in behavior
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
The physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can all be managed to at least some degree, but they require medical treatment and/or therapy. Any injury victim who is experiencing some or all of the abovementioned symptoms should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
If you are suffering the effects of a traumatic brain injury, and someone else is liable for the injury, they should be held responsible for resulting losses, including treatment costs. To find out how the traumatic brain injury lawyers at Quick Law Group, PLLC, can help you pursue financial compensation after an accident, send us a message online, or call us at (425) 576-8150.