Most Connecticut residents know that a traumatic brain injury can be caused by many different events, including a fall or a vehicular injury. They may also know some of the common symptoms of this kind of event, including a loss of memory, headache and unconsciousness. However, many people may not realize that there are actually three categories of symptoms that are used by medical professionals to identify a traumatic brain injury.
The first category of symptoms is the physical symptoms. As stated above, this includes unconsciousness and headache, but it also includes a number of other signs such as confusion and disorientation. Additional symptoms include nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Even a lack of sleep or sleeping too much can be a physical sign of a traumatic brain injury.
The next category of symptoms is sensory symptoms. These can include blurred vision and a ringing in the ears. It can also include something as unusual as a change in the person's ability to smell. Additional symptoms can be sensitivity to either light or sound and a bad or unusual taste in the mouth.
The final category of traumatic brain injury symptoms is cognitive or mental symptoms. These symptoms can consist of mood changes or mood swings, concentration or memory issues and feelings of depression or anxiety.
A traumatic brain injury can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms that need to be reported to a medical professional. However, any Connecticut resident who has suffered this type of injury because of the negligence of someone else may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to explore whether there are legal avenues available to them.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," Accessed March 19, 2016