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How to Detect The Most Common Symptoms Of A Traumatic Brain Injury

The human brain is one of the most complex and fascinating structures in the animal kingdom. Not only it is continuously growing and learning, but it is capable of processing complete images in just 13 milliseconds. For this and other reasons, the brain is one of the main topics of investigation for scientists since the beginning of science.

However, it just takes a simple hit to change everything. Known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), this kind of injury could affect the brain functions for some minutes, weeks, or permanently.

According to the Brain Injury Asociation of America, the leading causes of a TBI are:

  • Falls
  • Assaults
  • Car accidents
  • Sport injuries
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Workplace injuries
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Military actions
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Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

  • Difficulty for thinking clearly
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Impaired concentration
  • Impaired short-term or long-term memory
  • Difficulty for thinking clearly
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Impaired concentration
  • Impaired short-term or long-term memory
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble to sleep

Some of these symptoms could appear immediately after the hit or injury, or it could take time for you to notice them. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to any alteration on the behavior of the person who received the blow. However, if you have any of the following symptoms, you must go to the emergency department as soon as possible:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling tired
  • Lack of energy
  • Constant headaches that worsen over time
  • Weakness and/or lack of coordination
  • Nausea and/or constant vomiting
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Have one pupil larger than the other
  • Seizures
  • Cannot recognize faces or places
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Unusual behavior
  • Loss of consciousness

Diagnosis of a Traumatic Brain Injury

While many times it is clear that you have a TBI, you have to go to the doctor so you can undergo the necessary tests to determine the kind of injury, its severity, and the best treatment for it.

Among the tests the medical team would perform, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) stands out, which assesses the level of consciousness of a person. For this purpose, it measures:

Motor response

  • Follow orders (6)
  • Localize the pain (5)
  • Withdrawl to pain (4)
  • Decortication stiffness (3) – hyperextension of the legs and flexion of the arms by the elbows
  • Descerebration stiffness (2) – hyperextension of arms and legs
  • No response (1)

Eye Response

  • Natural (4)
  • To voice (3)
  • To pain (2)
  • No response (1)

Verbal response

  • Oriented and converses (5)
  • Disoriented and converses (4)
  • Inappropriate words (3)
  • Incomprehensible sounds (2)
  • No response (1)

The punctuation will determine if the TBI is:

  • 13- 15 mild
  • 9 – 12 moderate
  • 3 – 8 severe

Remember that the GSC is only one of the many diagnostic tests the medical team could perform on you to determine what kind of TBI you have and its severity. Only they have the proper training to carry out a thorough evaluation. Never try to diagnose yourself on your own and never minimize symptoms after getting hit in the head!

If you have a TBI, due to someone else’s negligence or after an accident, remember that you are entitled to compensation. At Farahi Law Firm, we are here to get that compensation for you. Our lawyers have years of experience to obtain the justice you deserve.

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