Some of the signs of a traumatic brain injury are unconsciousness, headache, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, slurred speech patterns, and memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.
You should be checked by a medical professional for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) any time you suffer a blow or jolt to the head.
TBI Symptoms Might Show Up Later On
TBIs might not present symptoms immediately following an accident, which might lead someone to believe that they are healthy after suffering a blow to the head. However, as hours and days go by, patients might start exhibiting symptoms, and the longer someone goes without getting treated, the more they risk the condition progressing.
After any sort of accident, you should always be on the lookout for the signs of a traumatic brain injury, but because TBI symptoms might have a late onset, you should seek medical attention to rule out any brain damage immediately.
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When to Get Checked for a TBI
You should get checked for a TBI after an accident where you injure your head. Even hitting your head slightly could cause a concussion that needs to be treated. Below are some of the accidents after which you should be checked by a medical professional for a TBI:
You should never refuse medical attention following a car accident, regardless of the situation. In addition to TBIs, other common conditions resulting from car accidents have late onsets, including whiplash.
It might be in your best interest to be checked out to rule out the possibility of a TBI. Because car accidents cause sudden jolts, a driver can hit their head on the steering wheel, a passenger can hit their head on the dashboard or get hit by airbags, or objects flying during the crash could hit your head.
Slip and Fall
The most common causes of TBIs, according to Mayo Clinic, are falls. Someone can suffer a fall in many ways. Some causes of slip and falls include:
- Cracked sidewalks
- Slippery floor
- Cluttered path
- Torn carpeting
- Broken stairway
- Uneven floor
Abuse or Assault
Sometimes, when someone is physically or sexually abusing another person, they hit their head, which can lead to a TBI. After any violent attack where you hit your head, you should seek medical attention, as you might be suffering from a TBI.
Generally, you should seek medical attention after any accident where you hit your head. This can not only help ensure that you stay healthy, but it can also help later on if you want to seek compensation for losses related to the accident.
Treatment for TBIs
It is important to get adequately treated following an accident in which you suffer a TBI. According to Mayo Clinic, treatment for TBIs can include:
- Medications to prevent pressure on the brain
- Medications to prevent seizures
- Medications to help with headaches and nausea
- Induced coma
- Surgery for blood clot removal
- Surgery for skull fractures
- Surgery for brain bleeding
- Speech rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
This is not a complete list of treatments for TBIs, and your doctor will be able to properly diagnose you and devise a treatment plan.
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Berger and Green Might Be Able to Help You
Seeking medical treatment for TBIs might be expensive, and your insurance might not cover all of the costs. In that case, a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer from Berger and Green might be able to help you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against another party if someone else caused your accident.
If someone else acted negligently and caused you to suffer a TBI, we can help you hold that person accountable and recover compensation. You might have two options for seeking compensation, including an insurance claim and a lawsuit.
You might be able to file a personal injury claim with the liable party’s insurance company to seek a settlement. A lawyer can handle building your claim and negotiating for you.
If the negligent party or their insurance company does not agree to adequately compensate you, a lawyer can take your case to trial to seek a judgment.
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If you are struggling under medical debt and other losses from a TBI, Berger and Green is here to help you recover compensation.
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