Warning Signs and Characteristics of Severe Brain Injuries

You or a loved one can receive a brain injury doing a wide variety of accidents or activities. If you’ve been in a car crash, suffered from a slip, ran into a solid object, gotten into an altercation, have had an object thrown with force at your head, or been in a sports accident, you should make sure to get your health evaluated by a medical professional.

In the event of any one of these accidents, you or a loved one could have endured a severe brain injury. It can be difficult for an individual to diagnosis themselves with a brain injury, as these kinds of issues can impair judgment and make it difficult to process information. Not to mention, it can take several weeks for some symptoms of a brain injury to appear or develop.

Here are some signs and characteristics of a severe brain injury you should look for if you are concerned about a brain injury that may not currently be identified or treated.

Identifying a Severe Brain Injury

It can be challenging to identify a severe brain injury, especially at first. You should keep a few of these post-incident symptoms in mind as you keep watch over an individual who has recently been struck in the head.

If you notice some of these symptoms in a person after they get stuck, they may have endured a severe brain injury:

  • Sleeping more than usual or insomnia
  • Feelings of nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears, tinnitus
  • Blurred vision
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Difficulty concentrating and recalling memories
  • Loss of consciousness lasting longer than a moment

A common misconception is that a brain injury is not severe if the victim does not lose consciousness at the time of the incident. This is not true. There are plenty of non-traumatic brain injuries where the person remains conscious after being struck in the head. There are many examples of a person losing consciousness by a blow that does not result in a traumatic or severe brain injury.

However, loss of consciousness can be a sign of severe injury, and if a person loses consciousness they should be sent to a medical professional to have their health evaluated.

Symptoms of Severe Brain Injuries

While an individual may seem to recover from initial symptoms, if any of these conditions worsen, it may be a cause for alarm. While some symptoms will become evident very quickly, others may develop more slowly. If you or a loved one are experiencing worsening symptoms over time, let your personal doctor or another medical professional know so that you can get evaluated.

Long term symptoms that you should look for mild to severe brain injuries include:

Mood Swings. Victims of a severe head injury may become more agitated than they were before. They may also begin experiencing signs of depression and increased anxiety. This is particularly telling if the individual did not experience these issues before the head injury.

Cognitive Decline. It may be difficult for a person with a severe brain injury to communicate; they may lose the ability to speak or find it more difficult to understand when others speak. A person may also develop issues in making and keeping plans, completing simple tasks, and have trouble multitasking. These symptoms often come with frequent headaches.

Changes in Behavior or Personality. When it comes to brain injuries, it’s difficult to tell where an injury might be most severe just by looking at someone. If their frontal lobe is most affected by the injury, then a person may suddenly become more daring but lose passion for previously loved hobbies. Any quick or seemingly out-of-character personality changes may be a result of a head injury.

Physical Symptoms. Physical symptoms can range in obviousness and severity. A person suddenly experiencing seizures is a sign of an underlying brain injury. Other symptoms include loss of motor skills, clear fluids coming from your nose or ears, and numbness in the extremities.

Falling unconscious suddenly for minutes or hours is also a major sign you should look for. If you live alone and are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to let someone who has access to your home know about your condition. In the unfortunate case that you fall into a coma unexpectedly, having someone come to regularly check on you can prevent further tragedy.

Getting Help

While it’s impossible to stop all accidents from happening, if you or a loved one have experienced a severe brain injury because of negligence or malintent, you may be able to be compensated for your injury. This can include getting your medical bills covered, making up for lost money from missed work due to your injury, alongside pain and suffering costs.

The first step to getting compensated is finding a trusted lawyer. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, you can find an experienced attorney for your personal injury claim. You can find a wide variety of legal experts to review your case.

Contact us, find a location near you, or call us at 1-800-590-4116 to start your consultation.