Friday, 22 February 2013

What are the Symptoms of Brain Injury?

A brain injury is an extremely serious condition and should always be treated with care, caution and expertise. If you have sustained a head injury, there could be serious results that could be long term or permanent if not treated properly. This means you need to seek proper medical assistance immediately, which is also an integral step in making a brain injury claim. Due to this, it is important to understand the symptoms so as to know if you may be experiencing the effects of an unknown brain injury. 

Here are some things to look out for:

Mild Brain Injury 

The term 'mild' is a relative one relating to brain injuries, not injuries in general. Any brain injury is serious and in terms of traumatic brain injuries, even mild ones can be compensated with a brain injury claim. 

The clearest sign of a brain injury is loss of consciousness or a feeling of being dazed and disorientated. This is your brain not functioning in the way that it should. Equally, you may be experiencing memory loss. This is usually due to a part of your brain being damaged through physical or mental trauma. 

More obvious physical signs can be nausea and vomiting, headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light. Those with mild brain injuries also often complain of sensory issues, such as having difficulty hearing or blurry vision. 

Dramatic changes in mood and sleep patterns can also be a big sign pointing towards a mild brain injury. 

Moderate to Severe Brain Injury

Moderate or severe brain injuries are more dangerous than mild brain injuries. People suffering from a moderate/severe brain injury may experience all or some of the symptoms above immediately following head trauma. They will also, often, experience other symptoms within a day or so. 

Most of these symptoms relate to bodily function control as well as brain function. For example, someone with a moderate or severe brain injury will feel profoundly confused and agitated for no reason. Furthermore, speech is often slurred, coordination becomes uncontrollable and extremities often feel weak or numb. 

Physical signs are also a cause for concern. Continuous vomiting is a key issue to look out for. Victims may also have extremely dilated pupils and experience intense and persistent headaches. Seizures and convulsions are also a clear sign that something is wrong, especially couple with clear fluid escaping the ears or nose. 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, medical help must be sought immediately. All brain injuries are extremely damaging as the brain is the epicentre of the body. Any damage to that can cause long lasting or permanent problems. To prevent those problems, help is needed fast. Never hesitate to call an ambulance.

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