Traumatic brain injuries are not always readily evident, even to doctors. Indeed, a person can suffer a serious TBI without any outward physical signs. Still, there could be some very big cognitive deficits and other signs that a skilled doctor can identify following an accident. This article will discuss what signs and symptoms accident victims should watch for to determine if they might have a TBI.
Accident victims with a TBI might show signs of memory loss relating to recent events. They might have no memory of the accident itself, and they might not remember what they did last week or yesterday. In most cases, the memory loss is temporary, but in rare cases, it never returns.
Unusual sluggishness or tiredness could also be a sign of a TBI. Patients who are having trouble maintaining sufficient energy to finish their day – especially if these symptoms followed a major crash – may want to visit a doctor to be evaluated.
Nausea and dizziness are other indicators of a TBI. So is a severe headache that doesn’t go away, and numbness or weakness on the right or left side of the body.
Just because a patient doesn’t have any scrapes and bruises does not mean that he or she isn’t suffering severely from a TBI. The difficult-to-diagnose nature of a TBI can be a problem during court cases and personal injury claims against parties who caused someone to suffer a brain injury. Defendants in these cases might try to claim that no brain injury has occurred. In these incidents, it is valuable to have a medical expert witness who can quantitatively and qualitatively explain to the court why a brain injury has definitely occurred.
TBI treatments are costly and unaffordable for most – especially continued care relating to rehabilitation and at-home assistance. However, if successfully navigated, a TBI personal injury claim can be a way for brain injury sufferers to gather the money they require to pay for their medical bills and other costs caused by their injuries.