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Traumatic brain injuries not always detectable after accidents

A traffic accident on one of Los Angeles County's crowded streets left a big bump on your head and an even bigger headache.

But when should you start to worry that it might be something much more serious than that?

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury could show up right away, or they could take weeks to manifest. So, it is important to watch your body for signs.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a person who has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury could have:

  • A headache
  • Lightheadedness and/or dizziness
  • Confusion
  • A change in sleep patterns, tiredness or sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering things or paying attention
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Newly developed sensitivity to light or sound
  • Vomiting or nausea

A person with a traumatic brain injury categorized as moderate or severe might experience:

  • A persistent headache or one with worsening symptoms
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Slurred speech
  • Continued vomiting or nausea
  • Enlargement of the pupils
  • Extremities with numbness or tingling
  • Loss of coordination
  • Heightening confusion or agitation

Sometimes, it is tough for a traumatic brain injury to be diagnosed right after an accident or injury occurs. That's why it is important to make note of anything that doesn't feel right, and ask your family members to keep a watch for any behavior they consider unusual. If you suspect you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, don't delay a visit to your doctor or even the emergency room.

Medical bills add up quickly, and you might find yourself thousands of dollars in medical debt if you have a serious brain injury. You might need to call on an experienced legal professional to help you recoup your losses.

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