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What should I know about traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are possible after any accident that involves violent jarring motions or direct hits to the head. These injuries are possible in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and a host of other types of accidents. If you have been involved in an accident that could lead to a TBI, you should know some basic points about these injuries.

Will I know I have a TBI right away?

The symptoms of a TBI can vary greatly, depending on the location and severity of the injury. You might not be aware that you suffered a TBI right away. In some cases, the symptoms of a TBI aren't evident for hours, days or even weeks after the injury. One example is if there is a slow bleed on the brain. It could take time for the bleed to put enough pressure on the brain to cause symptoms.

What are some of the symptoms of TBIs?

Some of the most common symptoms of a TBI include headache, dizziness, confusion, vomiting, drowsiness and memory issues. In some cases, difficulty sleeping and mood changes could signal a TBI. One symptom that necessitates immediate medical care is loss of consciousness, whether it is for a short period of time or long period of time. Another symptom that requires immediate care is a seizure or convulsions.

Seeking medical care for a TBI will usually come at a cost. If you need considerable medical care or must miss time from work, you might find yourself in a dire financial situation. Seeking compensation for the injury might help to relieve the financial pressure.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed June 17, 2016

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