FAQ: How Do I Know If I Have A Traumatic Brain Injury?
After experiencing a car accident or suffering another personal injury accident, you might be worried about whether you or someone you love has a traumatic brain injury (TBI). How do you know if someone suffered a TBI? What, if any, signs are there? What should you do?
Ideally, after an accident, you should see a medical professional who can make sure you are ok. However, for various reasons, we know this does not always happen immediately.
You should understand some of the signs of a TBI, so if you have not already, you can seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid further damage to yourself or your loved one.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers are here to help when you or a family member suffers a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence. For decades, we have been handling personal injury cases for people with TBIs and countless other injuries.
We fight to ensure that people who suffer injuries because of other people’s negligence receive the maximum compensation the laws allow.
What Are Some Typical Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)?
These are some signs that you or a loved one might have a TBI:
- extreme lethargy or fatigue
- nausea and/or vomiting
- trouble balancing or walking straight
- complete loss of consciousness (for any amount of time)
- feeling or acting dazed
- light sensitivity
- noise sensitivity
- blurry vision
- difficulty concentrating
- trouble understanding what people are saying to you
- speech that is slow or slurred
- neck pain
- feeling dizzy
- behavioral or mood changes
- ringing in the ears
- changes in smell
- changes in taste
- memory loss
If you or someone in your family experiences an accident or other event that results in any of these symptoms, seeking prompt medical attention is critical. Getting checked by a doctor and following the doctor’s instructions can ensure you make as full a recovery as possible under the circumstances.
Will I Recover From MY TBI?
Every situation is different. Your doctor is probably the best person to tell you what to do so the brain and body have the best chance to heal from the injury. Depending on the circumstances, your doctor might impose restrictions on your activities for a few days, weeks, or months.
For example, recovering from a TBI might mean:
- getting plenty of bed rest
- staying away from the computer, phone, and TV or limiting the amount of such “screen time.”
- avoiding reading
- avoiding alcohol
- skipping physical activity like the gym or sports
- doing brain “exercises” to work on focus and concentration
- minimizing exposure to bright lights or loud noises
Will Life Be Different After A TBI?
Depending on the extent or severity of the injury, a TBI does not necessarily mean big changes are in store for you or your family. Often, over time, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury resolve, and “normalcy” returns.
However, until it does, some daily routines and activities might change.
- you might require modifications at work or time off from employment
- you might not be able to drive a car or truck or operate machinery for awhile
- you might receive instructions not to “overdo it,” which could interfere with some activities, chores, or obligations.
- your child might have to miss school, receive home-schooling, or seek special accommodations at school
Until you or your loved one make a full recovery, be patient. It can take time to completely recover from a TBI.
Following the protocol prescribed by your doctor or other trusted health care professional can be essential to making a full recovery.
Call Alonso, Krangle, LLP To Protect Your Legal Rights When Negligence Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury
When someone else’s negligent behavior causes you or your family member to suffer a TBI, you have legal rights. At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our personal injury lawyers are here to protect and enforce those rights.
Our lawyers have the skill and experience to ensure victims receive the full amount of compensation allowed by law. We understand the complexities of TBI claims and have the resources to prove how the injury has affected your life and that of your family.
We work hard to ensure that you collect the maximum compensation to which you are entitled – compensation that can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
If you think someone’s negligence caused you to suffer a TBI, call Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191 for a free case evaluation.