Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Brain Injury?
Imagine this: Your child is playing soccer with some of the neighborhood kids in your backyard. They’re having a fun time when suddenly, your child collides with another player and gets hit in the head. A few hours later, your child complains of a headache. Then, the nausea and vomiting start. You drive to the emergency room and find out your child has a concussion.
In 2009, U.S. emergency departments treated almost 250,000 children for sports and recreation-related concussions and other brain injuries. While organized youth sports leagues check for concussions after players hit their head, a pick-up game of soccer between the neighborhood kids is different. Without coaches or medical staff on standby, you are responsible for noticing signs of a concussion.
If you don’t know what the warning signs of a brain injury or concussion are, then it’s important to learn. Checking for a brain injury is crucial after someone hits their head in a slip and fall, car accident, or while playing a sport. Learn some of the common symptoms of a brain injury below.
Warning Signs of a Brain Injury
Unlike most injuries, brain injuries can have both psychological and physical effects, including the following:
Depending on the severity of the traumatic brain injury (TBI), unconsciousness may last anywhere from a few minutes, to a few hours, to more than a day. Note that you may not become unconscious at all with a mild TBI or concussion.
Mild TBI: 0 – 30 min
Moderate TBI: 30 min – 24 hours
Severe TBI: More than 24 hours
A headache is one of the most common symptoms of a TBI. The headache may be persistent or get worse over time.
- Trouble with thinking or remembering
You may be confused, disoriented, or feel “foggy” after hitting your head. In some cases, you may have memory loss and not remember the cause of the injury. A TBI can also lead to trouble with concentration.
- Nausea or vomiting
You may feel dizzy or lightheaded if you have a brain injury. This includes having problems with balance.
- Issues with sleeping
Brain injuries can cause changes in sleep patterns. This could mean either sleeping less or sleeping more. You may also have trouble falling asleep.
- Problems with Vision or Hearing
You may have blurred vision or ringing in the ears following a brain injury. You may also be sensitive to light and sound.
- Slurred speech
After a brain injury, others may have difficulty understanding what you are saying.
- Changes in Emotions or Moods
A brain injury can lead to mood swings. You may feel irritable, depressed, or anxious.
All the above symptoms do not have to be present for a brain injury to have occurred. These warning signs can be seen in mild, moderate and severe brain injuries. However, symptoms will be more serious and longer-lasting in moderate and severe brain injuries.
Some symptoms may be noticeable immediately after the injury while others have a delayed onset. It can take several days or weeks before some symptoms appear.
Warning Signs of a Brain Injury or Concussion in Young Children
Infants, toddlers and other young children may not be able to tell you exactly what’s wrong. You won’t know if they have blurry vision, a headache, or if they feel confused. It’s important to be especially observant after your child hits his or her head. Look for the following signs:
- Change in eating habits
- Persistent crying
- Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities
- Unsteady walking
- Appearing dazed
- Tiring easily
What To Do If You Suspect a Brain Injury
If you believe that you or someone else has sustained a traumatic brain injury, get medical help immediately. You should always be evaluated by a medical professional after injuring your head, even if symptoms seem mild. If you are the victim, do not drive yourself to the hospital. It’s important for you to receive an accurate diagnosis and proper care.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA and Marlton, NJ
You may feel overwhelmed after you or a loved one is diagnosed with a TBI. These injuries can be life-changing and are expensive to care for. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying these high costs. A Philadelphia traumatic brain injury attorney at Kane & Silverman will fight to get you compensation for expenses associated with your injury. For a free evaluation of your case, contact us at 215-232-1000 or fill out our contact form online.