It’s a common misconception that you have to be “knocked out” to suffer from a traumatic brain injury. In fact, many symptoms take days, weeks, or months to appear. Because many of the signs and symptoms are subtle or can take some time to appear, many victims are not properly diagnosed. So, they do not receive timely treatment. Head injuries often go undetected, even with CT scans and MRI’s because they only detect physical abnormalities. They do not test for cognitive (thinking, reasoning, or remembering) abnormalities.
A mild TBI, or concussion, may result in a brief change of mental status or consciousness. A severe TBI involves an extended period of unconsciousness, as well as possible amnesia. In either case, a TBI can affect a victim’s cognitive functioning, attention span, and memory. These injuries can also cause weakness in the extremities as well as loss of coordination and balance.
Other common symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep problems
- Balance problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Hearing loss
- Mood changes
- Impulsive behavior
Victims of traumatic brain injuries may require a lifetime of medical and psychological treatment, which can result in significant medical expenses and the inability to work. Sometimes, a brain injury may be fatal.
Even if your brain injury is minor, you can never be careful enough when it comes to protecting such an important part of your health. The injury may escalate more quickly than you realize.
Georgia personal injury law allows victims to seek financial recovery for brain injuries if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.