Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Atlanta Lawyers Explain the Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Helping clients in Atlanta, Savannah and throughout Georgia get the extensive medical care they need

Violent impacts that cause the brain to move within the skull cause traumatic brain injuries. Some of the causes of TBIs include car, truck, and motorcycle collisions, explosions, sports injuries, physical abuse, and falls. A traumatic brain injury may require around-the-clock care. Victims often suffer severe psychological, physical, and cognitive difficulties. For most serious TBI victims, their injuries are life-altering.

The Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyers at Harris Lowry Manton LLP offer comprehensive legal representation for TBI victims who were harmed by another’s negligence. Our lawyers have obtained some of the top settlements and verdicts in Georgia in personal injury cases. Part of the reason we are able to obtain high results is because we understand what law, facts, and arguments are needed to prove fault. Another reason is that we work with your medical professionals and independent doctors to determine the full scope of surgeries, rehabilitative care, occupational therapy, and psychological counseling that will be needed.

One of the first steps in pursuing a legal claim is obtaining an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Each TBI case begins with a proper assessment of the full range of signs and symptoms.

Signs of mild traumatic brain injuries

There are several levels of brain injuries. Different signs and symptoms are associated with each type. According to the Mayo Clinic, common mild TBI symptoms are separated into three categories:

Physical symptoms

  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Feelings of confusion, disorientation, or feeling dazed
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia and problems sleeping or excessive sleep
  • Balance loss
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Symptoms of the senses

  • Blurred vision
  • Ear ringing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Bad mouth tastes
  • Changes in the ability to smell

Cognitive symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory
  • Changes in moods
  • Depression or anxiety

Symptoms of moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries

Indications of a moderate or severe TBI include:

Physical symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness that is more than just temporary – it lasts for minutes or hours
  • Headaches that persist
  • Repeated nausea or vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Eye pupil dilation in one or both eyes
  • Ear or nose fluid
  • An inability to arise from sleep
  • Finger and toe numbness
  • Difficulty with coordination

Cognitive or mental signs

  • Deep confusion
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Unusual behavior
  • Falling into a coma

TBI warning signs in children

Young children and babies often cannot communicate their complaints. Parents should observe the following indications. If the signs are apparent, medical attention should be sought immediately.

  • Constant crying
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Change in eating or nursing habits
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in playing

Diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests health care providers can use to diagnose a traumatic brain injury include exams that evaluate the functioning of the brain and nerves, as well as the patient’s consciousness level:

  • Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). This test measures a person’s ability to speak, to open his/her eyes, and the ability to move. The lower the score, the more serious the TBI is likely to be.
  • Speech and language tests. Pathologists examine muscle control, the ability to use grammar, and the ability to read. Social communication skills and the ability to swallow are also analyzed.
  • Cognition tests. These include the ability to think, solve problems, process information and memory. Neuropsychological tests assess cognitive behavior, brain behavior and sensory-motor processing.
  • Imaging tests. These include computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and intracranial pressure monitoring.

A proper diagnosis is essential to beginning the right course of treatment.

Speak with a trusted TBI lawyer in Georgia if a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury

At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our Atlanta and Savannah TBI lawyers understand how devastating these injuries can be. We work to get victims every dollar they deserve including compensation for all reasonable medical bills, lost wages, and the inability to work. Please call our lawyers in Atlanta at 404.998.8847 or in Savannah at 912.417.3774. Victims and family can also reach us through our contact form.

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