Common Signs and Symptoms of Accident Induced Brain Injuries

A blow to the head from a sports injury, a fall down, or a motor vehicle collision can interfere with normal brain functioning. Medical professionals usually call this type of injury a “concussion” or a “closed head injury.”  Although some concussions are mild and usually not life threatening, these brain injuries can be very serious. Brain injury victims sometimes lose consciousness, but some serious brain injuries occur without a demonstrated loss of consciousness. Symptoms sometimes show up right away, but may not show up for days or weeks. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headaches or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems, dizziness, confusion
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling sluggish or slowed down
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Does not “feel right”
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall (retrograde amnesia)
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall (anterograde amnesia)

Signs of worsening neurological functioning may include:

  • Headaches that worsen
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Looks drowsy or can’t be awakened
  • Increasing confusion or irritability
  • Can’t recognize people or places
  • Weakness or numbness in arms, or legs
  • Neck pain
  • Unusual behavior change

Symptoms which necessitate an emergency room visit immediately include:

  • Cannot be awakened
  • Have one pupil (the black dot of your eye) larger than the other
  • Have convulsions or seizures
  • Have slurred speech
  • Are getting more confused, restless, or agitated

If you or a loved on suffers a brain injury in an accident due to another person’s negligence, you should seek proper medical attention. After receiving treatment, the personal injury attorneys at Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C. are ready to meet to discuss the circumstances of the accident, injury, and potential legal options.

-AnnMarie Cienava Rocco, Esq.

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