Head Trauma Symptoms & How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Just because your accident didn’t result in you lying unconscious in bed for weeks or months doesn’t necessarily mean you haven’t suffered a serious head injury. There are head trauma symptoms you should be on the lookout for. You’ll also want to enlist the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who is up to speed on all the latest research into the symptoms and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.
Outward Signs of Possible Brain Injury
A medical diagnosis of any degree of brain injury can be difficult, particularly if the patient has a pre-existing condition that might mask the symptoms of mild impairment.
Here are some of the signs first responders and doctors look for that indicate they could be dealing with head trauma:
- Bleeding scalp wounds
- Facial fractures, open or closed
- Facial bruising
- Loss of consciousness for any length of time
- Nasal discharge, whether bloody or clear
- Stiffness in the cervical spine
Timely documentation (written and images) are critical not only for diagnosis and treatment, but to provide a solid foundation on which a personal injury lawyer can build your case.
Subtler Head Trauma Symptoms to Watch for
Some symptoms of brain injury can be deceptively mild and too easily brushed off. The symptom may depend on which of the brain’s six main regions are affected. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
Frontal lobe (forehead/crown)
- Inability to perform a common, multi-step task in sequence
- Fixation on a single thought or idea
- Mood swings
- Sudden onset of ADD-like behavior
- Unable to come up with the words to complete a sentence
Parietal lobe (sides)
- Difficulty reading or writing
- Can’t tell left from right
- Inability to solve simple math problems
- Loss of eye/hand coordination
- Lack of awareness of personal hygiene
Occipital lobe (back)
- Visual disturbances
- Inability to distinguish colors or recognize a written word
- Reading/writing impairment
Temporal lobe (above ears)
- Inability to recognize familiar faces
- Memory loss
- Constant talking
- Unusual increase in aggressive behavior
Brain stem (core of brain)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Decreased breath control
- Balance disturbance
Cerebellum (base of skull)
- Decrease in fine motor skills
- Muscle tremors
- Slowed reaction time
- Slurred speech
Because the brain can take several months to heal, the effects of a traumatic brain injury can impact almost every area of a victim’s life, from personal relationships to their ability to hold on to a job. These same symptoms can make it nearly impossible to gain adequate compensation through insurance or the court system without a highly skilled attorney experienced in dealing with traumatic brain injury cases.
That’s why it’s critical to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible—before you think you need one. The Law Offices of Pat Maloney offer an experienced team of personal injury lawyers ready to help. Contact us today at (210) 226-8888!
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