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Signs that You or a Loved One Has Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from an Accident

Published on January 19th, 2013

If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury due to an accident, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Traumatic brain injuries include both penetrating injuries and closed head injuries. A common type of closed head injury is a concussion, while a bullet wound is an example of a penetrating injury. Continue reading to learn about symptoms and problems that may occur after a traumatic brain injury.

Physical Symptoms

Traumatic brain injuries can cause both primary and secondary damage. Examples of primary damage include skull fractures, bruises, blood clots, and other injuries that occur at the time of impact. Secondary damage involves problems that develop over a period of time after the trauma, such as epilepsy, brain swelling, and cardiac changes. After a car accident or other type of personal injury accident, watch for the following symptoms of a traumatic brain injury: hearing loss, ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, and reduced coordination. Sensitivity to light and noise are also common symptoms.

Associated Complications

Long-term communication problems and cognitive complications can also result from a traumatic brain injury. You or your loved one may have trouble finding the right words, maintaining a topic of conversation, reacting appropriately to a situation, and understanding when certain behavior is inappropriate. Cognitive abilities, or thinking skills, may also be affected by a traumatic brain injury. Those who suffer a brain injury may have trouble concentrating when there are distractions, processing new information, and maintaining short-term memory.

Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity, but you should always seek medical attention if you or a loved one has suffered a head injury. A healthcare professional can determine how serious the injury is and the best course of treatment. If the accident occurred due to the negligence of another, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation that an attorney can help you receive. For legal representation in Chicago, call Shea Law Group at (773) 365-0040. We will fight to ensure that you are treated fairly.


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