If you are in an accident where you experience a blow or bump to your head or body, you may have sustained a head injury. Head injuries are very serious and all too commonly involve traumatic brain injuries (TBI). If you hit your head, seek immediate medical care. The symptoms of a head injury are tricky in that they widely vary and there can be a delay in when they present themselves. You may not experience symptoms until days after your accident. The sooner you seek medical treatment for your injury, the better for your chances at a full and smooth recovery.
What are the Symptoms of a Head Injury?
A head injury may be a bruised face or it may be a fractured skull. It may also be a TBI. A TBI is when the brain experiences damage and can range from mild to severe. A concussion is considered to be a milder TBI. While the symptoms of a concussion are not often thought to be serious, it still prevents the brain, temporarily, from continuing to function as normal. The symptoms of a concussion also tend to not last long, but it is an injury that can still lead to other complications.
While TBIs range in severity, they can all have devastating consequences especially if left untreated or if there is a delay in treatment. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where there was potential damage to the head area, be on the lookout for the following symptoms of a TBI, some of which can take days or weeks to present themselves:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dazed or disoriented
- Loss of balance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Inability to focus
- Sleep problems
- Blurred vision
- Ringing ears
- Light sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in mood or personality
- Mood swings
As you can see, there really is a wide range of symptoms a person with a TBI may experience. Check in with yourself frequently after you have experienced trauma in an accident. Gauge what you have been feeling. Check in with friends and family members to see if they have noticed any changed listed above. Early diagnoses of a brain injury can be the best thing for your recovery.
What are Some of the Most Common Causes of Head Injuries?
While some head injuries are caused by physical violence such as fighting or other violence, many are the results of accidents. Slip and falls often lead to head injuries. This means things like falling from a ladder or down stairs, tripping on an uneven or sidewalks in disrepair, or slipping on a wet floor.
Head injuries are also commonly sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Crashes involving everything from motorcycles to cars, to trucks, bikes, or pedestrians can cause those involved to sustain a head injury. The severity of the injury often correlates to the severity and nature of the crash.
Additionally, head injuries are the result of a sports-related accident. High impact and extreme sports often carry the risk of getting hurt. Head injuries are often seen among those who play soccer, football or lacrosse. Skateboarders are also particularly susceptible to head injuries, even when wearing a helmet. Of course, notoriously intense sports such as hockey and boxing show participants frequently sustaining head injuries.
Helping Head Injury Victims Get Proper Monetary Compensation
If you sustained a head injury in an accident caused because of the negligence of another, MPJ Law Firm is here to help make sure you are properly compensated for all damages sustained. We are proud to serve those residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico who have suffered an accident injury and we take our responsibilities as your legal representative seriously. Contact us today.
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