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January 27, 2022

What Are the Signs of Brain Damage After an Accident?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, work-site accidents, or other types of trauma. Brain injuries do not always show immediate symptoms. Because of the high risks associated with a traumatic brain injury, it is essential to seek treatment right away after any accident where brain damage may have occurred.

A severe brain injury can affect nearly every aspect of a victim’s life. The Providence traumatic brain injury lawyers at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd. have seen the devastation these injuries can inflict on the lives of the wrongfully injured and their families firsthand. We are committed to helping clients across Rhode Island obtain the justice they deserve after suffering catastrophic injuries. 

Common Signs of Brain Injury

Signs of a traumatic brain injury can appear immediately or days or weeks after the initial injury occurred. Symptoms vary depending on the nature of the injury and whether the damage was mild, moderate, or severe.

Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild traumatic brain injuries are sometimes characterized by the loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. However, loss of consciousness does not always occur. In some cases, a TBI victim may only appear to be confused or disoriented. With mild TBIs, some medical tests do not always show the true extent of a brain injury. Because of this, doctors must look closely at all potential symptoms when diagnosing concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

The signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may include:

Physical Symptoms

  • Loss of balance or dizziness 
  • Speech problems
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Vomiting or nausea 
  • Headache

Sensory Symptoms

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Changes in the ability to smell
  • Sensitivity to sound or light

Cognitive, Behavioral or Mental Symptoms

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Mood swings or mood changes 
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being disoriented, confused, or dazed

Signs of Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

A moderate TBI may also have a loss of consciousness. This loss of consciousness may last up to a few hours and confusion may persist for weeks. With moderate traumatic brain injuries, physical, cognitive, or behavioral complications can last for months or even be permanent.

The most severe TBIs often result from a blow or penetration to the skull and brain. These are life-threatening injuries that can prohibit victims from returning to the lives they once had. Severe brain damage can occur from closed head injuries, where the brain collides violently with the inside of the skull, or open head injuries, where the skull has been seriously damaged.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can include any of the signs and symptoms of mild injuries, as well as the following symptoms that may emerge within the first hours or days after a head injury:

Physical Symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
  • Persistent headache or headache that worsens
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination

Cognitive or Mental Symptoms

  • Coma and other consciousness disorders
  • Slurred speech
  • Combativeness, agitation, or other unusual behavior
  • Profound confusion

Your Choice of TBI Attorney Matters

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, you may be facing severe disabilities, high medical bills, lost wages, and an uncertain future. It is crucial that you pursue the compensation you deserve from the party or parties responsible for your injury and losses. 

Cases involving traumatic brain injuries are more complicated than the average personal injury claim. These complex cases require the knowledge, skill, and resources of a seasoned lawyer who has experience with these types of injuries. You need a reputable law firm on your side with proven results you can trust.

At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd., our traumatic brain injury lawyers have substantial experience in these demanding cases. We know the law and the medicine involved in TBI claims. We have a proven history of success helping victims of traumatic brain injury recover the compensation they need and deserve to move forward.

Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Providence Today

If you or someone you love have suffered a brain injury, you deserve justice for your physical, emotional, and financial losses. The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd. have extensive experience with these injuries and the unique issues they involve.

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