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What are the signs of a potential brain injury?

When a person in Hartford suffers a head injury, it's important to understand how dangerous it can be. The possibility of a brain injury is always looming when there is some form of head trauma and, no matter the circumstances in which it happened, it must be taken seriously. Symptoms can arise belatedly indicating that there was some form of damage done. This is true whether it was an adult or child who might have been hurt. Understanding the signs of a brain injury is important to making a timely decision to seek treatment.

When there is a brain injury, the victim can exhibit both physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. Even mild head trauma can lead to the need to treatment and long-term care. For mild injuries, there might be a loss of consciousness for a varying amount of time, up to several minutes. There might be disorientation, confusion or feeling dazed. Many experience headaches. There could be nausea, vomiting, feeling fatigued, trouble sleeping, excess sleeping, and balance problems. In addition, there might be problems with the senses, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and a sensitivity to sound and light. Emotional problems and mental deficiencies can also occur with difficulty remembering or concentrating, changes in mood, and feelings of anxiety.

For more severe injuries, there might be a loss of consciousness for an extended period of several hours. A severe headache, continuous nausea or vomiting, seizures, dilated pupils, fluids coming from the ears or nose, a numb or weak feeling in the extremities, and lost coordination may also be signs of a more dangerous situation. Cognitively, there might be significant confusion, the feeling of being agitated or combative, and slurring words. It's even more important to be watchful when a child has a head injury. Any behavioral changes in a child, ranging from those listed above to trouble eating, excessive crying or evidence of depression can be a signal that a child has a brain injury.

Often, a brain injury happens due to another's mistake. A blow to the head can occur in even the most innocuous of situations and lead to a serious injury. In addition to seeking treatment for a brain injury when there are symptoms of it being in evidence, it is also important to know how it happened via a full investigation. Then it is imperative to think about seeking assistance with potential litigation from a legal professional experienced in brain injury cases.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms," accessed on Feb. 21, 2015

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