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Traumatic Brain Injury - What to Look For

According to the National Institutes of Health, half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by collisions including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents . Young adults and the elderly are the age groups at highest risk for TBI. Since our brain defines who we are, the consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of our lives.

Symptoms of a TBI resulting from a car accident or slip & fall may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks. One of the consequences of brain injury is that the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.

Signs and Symptoms:

Signs of a mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) can include a brief period of unconsciousness, and/or a loss of memory for events immediately before and after the car accident or fall occurred. Difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, and mood swings are also symptoms and often get overlooked. In many cases, mild traumatic brain injury may not be diagnosed until the individual begins to have problems in what were once easy tasks or social situations .

Symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can include a persistent headache, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures. It is important to listen for slurred speech, and look at the victims eyes for dilated pupils. Any weakness or numbness in the extremities or loss of coordination is also a cause for concern.

In Children the symptoms of TBI can be more difficult to determine. Signs a parent should look for include a change in sleep patterns, loss of appetite, and mood swings. Parents should also stay in communication with school personnel to identify any changes in activities, or school performance.

If your child has been injured in an accident because of someone else's negligence, please understand that you have rights. If you would like to find out more information about your legal rights and options, please contact a Board Certified Connecticut injury lawyer from McCoy & McCoy for help. You may be able to seek compensation on behalf of your child to cover medical expenses and even long-term care expenses.

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