Not all brain injuries are the same. Some are relatively mild, others potentially fatal. Some arise from cerebral bleeding or blunt force trauma, others from deprivation of oxygen or blood. Some are treatable; others inflict lifelong impairment or disability.
Concussion is the most common kind of brain injury. Unfortunately, there is a popular misconception that concussions are not very serious. On the contrary, they are officially classified as “traumatic” and can result in serious damage. While most concussions are temporary and treatable, there is a real risk for long-term or even permanent complications.
Symptoms of concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) include:
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness (30 seconds or less)
- Memory loss / amnesia
- Confusion / fogginess
- “Seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Delayed responses
- Slurred speech
- Irritability / personality changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sensitivity to light or sound
It is possible to sustain a concussion even without an obvious blow to the head. Vigorous motion or whiplash may be enough. The symptoms of concussion are often subtle, ambiguous, or slow to appear. Nevertheless, prompt treatment is essential. Please never dismiss symptoms without first seeking medical attention.
Serious Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Symptoms
A more serious TBI might cause any of the symptoms listed above for concussions, in addition to the following:
- Paralysis (partial or total)
- Unconsciousness lasting more than 30 seconds
- Blindness (partial or total)
- Loss of other senses
- Fractured skull
- Blood or discharge from ears, nose, or mouth
- Difficulty remaining conscious / awake
- Severe / “thunderclap” headache
- Headache that begins as mild but steadily grows worse
- Severe or repeated vomiting
- Changes in pupil size / dilation
- Speaking but not making sense
- Difficulty understanding what others are saying
- Stiff neck
- Loss of coordination
- Large bumps on head
- Symptoms that worsen over time
Any of these symptoms warrants immediate, emergency medical attention. Call 911 right away.
How Our Injury Attorneys Help
An experienced Omaha brain injury attorney in our firm can help you understand the full value of your claim and work with medical experts as needed to ensure that you obtain maximal compensation for your injuries. We have years of experience in working with medically sophisticated brain injuries, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our clients recover every penny they deserve.
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