Symptoms of Undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are among the worst type of injuries than anyone can sustain and may be the result of accidents that initially appear moderate. Unfortunately, the brain and its functions still hold many mysteries for medical professionals, which is why an accurate assessment of traumatic brain injury symptoms is essential for timely and appropriate treatment and subsequent care.
There are several categories of traumatic brain injuries, which include contusions, concussions, diffuse axonal injuries, penetration brain injuries, coup-contrecoup brain injuries and recurrent traumatic brain injuries and can result in anoxic brain injuries, hypoxic brain injuries or hypoxic-anoxic injuries. The symptoms associated may vary between adults and children but all types of brain injuries are possible after any impacts to the head and medical professionals must quickly take appropriate actions and preventative measures to avoid permanent brain damage or death.
Some symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are immediately obvious such as loss of consciousness, severe contusions or bleeding wounds, hallucinations, muscle spasms, vomiting and difficulty thinking clearly. Other symptoms to be alert for after any trauma to the head include behavioral changes like uncharacteristic aggression, impulsiveness or any other trait not a part of the victims normal behavior patterns, symptoms of a compromised motor and autonomic system which may manifest in seizures, headaches, dizziness, uncontrollable movements, the inability to move and the inability to breathe, digest or excrete. Traumatic brain injuries symptoms may also include problems with the systems of the body, difficulties with aspects of speech and memory retention or the ability to reason, an impaired sense of judgment or the inability to recognize family and loved ones.
Children suffering from traumatic brain injuries can be more difficult to diagnose. Children may not be able to explain the way that they are feeling or hurting and instead act out, become more aggressive or passive than usual, begin to speak constantly or discontinue speaking entirely or may exhibit inappropriate emotional reactions such as laughter when they are in pain or sadness when they are engaged in activities they previously found enjoyable.
Failure to recognize the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can have long-term financial, physical and emotional consequences and impair the victim’s cognitive abilities, motor functions, ability to care for themselves and their dependents permanently. Act immediately after any head injury by contacting medical professionals and an experienced a traumatic brain injury attorney to ensure proper medical care and adequate financial compensation for the injury.