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Signs & Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a wide range of physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later, or may even be missed as people may look fine even though they may act or feel differently.

Mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cells temporarily. By contrast, severe TBI can result in bruising, bleeding, torn tissues, and other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can lead to long-term complications or death.

The following are signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being confused, dazed, or disoriented
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Speech issues
  • Sleeping difficulties’
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensory issues, including blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes in the ability to smell, or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Mood swings or mood changes

The following are signs and symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries:

  • Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
  • Coma and other disorders of consciousness
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Headache that gets worse or won’t go away
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Numbness or weakness in fingers and toes
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior
  • Immense confusion

Lastly, the following are signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries experienced by children:

  • Changes in eating or nursing habits
  • Changes in attention span; lack of interest in favorite activity or toy
  • Changes in the way the child plays
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Persistent crying or irritability; inability to be consoled
  • Loss of balance or unsteady walking
  • Loss of skill, such as using the toilet
  • Tiredness or listlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Sad or depressed mood
  • Changes in academic performance

As soon as you or your child has received a blow to the head or body that concerns you or results in behavioral changes. If there are any signs or symptoms of TBI following a recent blow or other type of traumatic injury, seek emergency medical attention.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence in Austin, TX, contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible to discuss your legal options at no cost or obligation to you.


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