What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Our Honolulu Personal Injury Attorneys Explain
The effects of
brain injury are unpredictable, and no two brain injuries are exactly alike. According
to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), brain damage can change
many aspects of an individual, including the way the person feels, thinks,
behaves, and controls the body.
When a brain injury disrupts the functions of the neurons and nerve tracts,
messages to the brain may not be properly transmitted, affecting:
- Movement of the body
- Body temperature regulation
- Blood pressure
- Bowel and bladder control
The symptoms of brain injury can be mild or severe. They can be temporary
or last a lifetime. They may cause some impairment or complete inability
to perform specific actions. Effects are complex and vary significantly
from person to person, depending on cause, location, and severity of the injury.
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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
may be evident immediately after an injury, while others may take days
or even weeks to appear. The symptoms can be physical or mental.
Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may include:
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
- Victims of moderate to severe TBI may experience the same symptoms as mild
TBI sufferers, along with the following additional symptoms that may appear
within hours or days of the injury:
Brain Injury Symptoms in Babies and Young Children
- Falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Very young children
who have suffered brain injury may be unable to describe the sensory changes,
changes in cognitive function or other symptoms they are experiencing.
Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can be life threatening. Get emergency medical treatment
immediately after an injury if TBI is suspected. Medical professional
can generally tell from the symptoms when severe brain injury has occurred.
However, with milder trauma, they may need to conduct further evaluation
and testing to diagnose a brain injury.
Doctors use imaging technology to obtain more information about brain injuries
and to determine severity, location, and type of injury. The most commonly
used type of imaging to diagnose TBI is a Computed Tomography (CT) scan.
If more sensitive imaging is needed, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
can be done. Although they are more sensitive than CT scans, MRIs are
more costly, take longer, and have more potential complications.
In some cases, a neuropsychological assessment may be done by a neurologist
and a neuropsychologist to determine which areas of the brain and abilities
of the patient have been adversely affected by the injury. This assessment
can be useful in developing a long-term treatment plan and provide information
to the victim and family members about what to expect in the future.
Leavitt Yamane & Soldner : Offering Legal Help for Brain Injury Victims
The effects of a severe traumatic brain injury can alter all aspects of
a brain injury survivor's life, including relationships with family
and ability to hold a job. It may change the lives of victims and their
families. If you have suffered a TBI, ongoing medical care and physical
therapy may be an integral part of your recovery and your future health.
If your brain injury was caused by an on-the-job accident or someone else's
negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the losses you
have suffered. At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, our compassionate Honolulu
traumatic brain injury lawyers help victims recover both financially and
emotionally from the life-changing effects of TBI.
For caring legal representation, please give us a call today.