After suffering a blow to the head, whether it be caused by a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident, seeking a full medical evaluation is crucial. While you may feel more or less fine aside from a slight headache, there is still a chance that you may have endured critical brain damage. Since traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have such subtle symptoms and potentially go unnoticed for days or even weeks afterward, it is imperative to treat any situation which could have caused one with extreme caution.
Brain Injuries Do Not Always Cause Pain
When you fall and scrape your elbow, you feel a stinging sensation and you are instantly made aware that something is wrong. Likewise, when you touch something hot, you instinctively pull your hand away to evade the danger. Brain injuries, on the other hand, do not always make themselves known through pain. Since the brain does not have the same types of pain-sensing nerve endings as other parts of the body, it is quite possible for a person to suffer extensive brain damage in an accident and be completely oblivious to its effects.
Brain injuries can sometimes be identified by the following symptoms:
- Difficulty balancing or dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in ears or total hearing loss
- Severe and frequent headaches
- Disrupted sleep/wake cycle
It is always best to err on the side of caution and seek help from your trusted physician as soon as possible. Since many brain injuries can potentially worsen over time and develop into debilitating conditions if not diagnosed and treated, the sooner you see a doctor, the greater your chances will be of making a full recovery.
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Once you have seen a doctor, your next priority should be to speak to a knowledgeable attorney and discuss your legal options. Depending on the cause of your injuries, you may have grounds to pursue compensation from those responsible for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
At Kempton & Russell, our trial-tested Sedalia personal injury lawyers have been fighting to protect victims of brain injuries for more than 60 years. Request a free initial consultation online or call us today at (660) 722-4115 to find out what our team of Super Lawyers® can do for you and your claim.