Newborns up to the age of four, young adults 15-24 and adults age 75 and older are more at risk for TBIs. Most commonly, these types of injuries arise from falls, unintentional blunt trauma, such as getting hit in the head by an object, vehicle accidents and sports related injuries. However the injury occurs, these types of injuries should not be taken lightly. Some symptoms and signs of TBIs may appear right after an incident, while others may take time to surface.
Generally, most traumatic brain injuries are mild and most commonly known as concussions. Symptoms of a concussion include loss of consciousness for a short time, disorientation, headache and dizziness to name a few. More severe TBIs can still show the same common signs of a mild TBI but days later show symptoms of a more serious injury. These would include symptoms of nausea, seizures, slurred speech, numbness and loss of consciousness for a significant amount of time.
Children are at a high risk for these types of injuries and may not be able to communicate their symptoms effectively to you. It’s important to look out for specific signs if your child has sustained a head injury. Check for changes in eating and sleeping habits, constant crying and loss of interest in favorite toys or activities.
Whether the injury and symptoms are mild or severe, you should never take a head injury lightly. Brain injuries require immediate medical attention. Complications and symptoms can worsen quickly if left unattended.
Accidents resulting in traumatic brain injuries can happen when you least expect it. If you’ve sustained injuries from a fall or car accident due to someone else’s carelessness, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact a personal injury attorney to see what your options are.
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