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How Do I Know if I’ve Suffered a Brain Injury?

Posted on October 15, 2019 in

The symptoms of a brain injury often take time to develop and when they do, they may be very subtle at first. As a result, it may be difficult to tell whether you’ve sustained a brain injury after suffering a blow to the head. It’s common to feel fine for several days or weeks before you start showing any warning signs. This can make knowing what to do tricky immediately after a blow to the head.

It’s always best to be on the safe side and visit your doctor after suffering a blow to the head. Your doctor can perform any diagnostic exams necessary to determine whether you’ve suffered a brain injury. This will ensure you receive the treatment you need in a timely manner.

What Are the Signs that I May Need Emergency Medical Attention after a Brain Injury?

doctor and patient reviewing diagnostic imagery after a brain injuryThe following symptoms may indicate that you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury and need immediate emergency medical attention:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Neurological issues such as slurred speech, loss of balance, or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
  • Unequal dilation in the pupils of your eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Double vision

What Brain Injury Symptoms should Be Monitored Over Time?

The following symptoms may indicate a brain injury and should be monitored over the next few days and weeks:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sensory issues such as ringing in the ears, loss of smell or taste, or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to lights or sounds
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more often than normal, having a difficult time falling asleep, or an inability to wake up from sleep)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Fatigue
  • Slowness in speech, thought or action

Some of these symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, confusion or dizziness, tend to develop shortly after a blow to the head and can potentially resolve on their own if the injury isn’t serious. Many of the emotional symptoms tend to develop slowly over time. It can be easy for others to miss these warning signs if you appear to be fine. For this reason, you should be on the lookout for any signs that you are feeling or acting differently. If so, see a doctor at once.

Prompt Treatment Is Crucial

If you’re unsure whether you’ve suffered a brain injury, the best course of action is to play it safe and visit the doctor. While many individuals with mild concussions make a full recovery on their own, you won’t know the severity of the brain injury until you undergo diagnostic exams.

In some instances, a brain injury can result in bleeding or a blood clot that may potentially become fatal if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. These life-threatening problems may exist even if you don’t exhibit any symptoms right away.

The Jensen Phelan Law Firm Can Help

If you’ve suffered a brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Current and future medical bills associated with the injury
  • Ongoing rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

At the Jensen Phelan Law Firm, we’ve helped many individuals who have suffered brain injuries recover the compensation they need to cope after this catastrophic event. We understand the medical issues that occur with brain injuries, and we can help demonstrate the extent to which these issues have impacted your life. Our lawyers will fight aggressively to hold all negligent parties accountable and help you maximize the value of your compensation.

Contact our Prescott Brain Injury Lawyers

Please contact the Jensen Phelan Law Firm using the form on this page or call 928-778-2660 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Prescott, Cottonwood and the surrounding areas of Arizona.