One of the most debilitating injuries a person could suffer is largely invisible. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could be the result of someone falling or a very violent car crash. It could also be the result of oxygen deprivation or percussive force if someone is near an explosion.
Whatever the underlying cause of a TBI may be, it will likely produce life-altering symptoms for the affected individual. The longer the person with a TBI waits for diagnosis and treatment, the more their symptoms may worsen.
What are some of the warning signs that someone may have a brain injury?
TBI symptoms vary drastically from case to case
The severity of the injury, its location on the brain and an individual’s unique neurology will all determine what symptoms they experience from a brain injury. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Memory issues
- Changes in personality or mood
- Sensory symptoms, including blurry vision and ringing in the ears
- Motor function concerns
- Problems with equilibrium
- Issues falling asleep or waking up
- A persistent sense of nausea
- A consistent or worsening headache
People may not notice any symptoms right after a crash only to start noticing changes a few days later. In extreme cases, TBIs can leave people dependent on life support equipment or on the daily care and guidance of family members. A TBI can lead to massive medical bills and can also limit someone’s earning potential.
Obtaining compensation from the party responsible for a TBI or other catastrophic injury may help the affected person and their family members cover their costs.