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Signs and symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury

When you suffer a blow or bump to the head, you run the risk of a traumatic brain injury, which refers to a head injury that prevents your brain from functioning as it typically would. TBIs range in severity from relatively minor in nature to intensely severe, and so do the signs and symptoms associated with them. Sometimes, symptoms of a TBI become apparent immediately following your head injury, but in other cases, they can take much longer to develop.

The signs associated with mild TBIs differ somewhat from those linked to moderate and severe brain injuries.

Common symptoms of mild TBIs

If you or a loved one suffers a relatively mild TBI, be on high alert for cognitive indications, such as obvious mood swings, feelings of anxiousness or depression, or issues with memory and concentration. You or your loved one may also exhibit physical signs of brain injury, such as nausea or vomiting, a persistent headache, issues with sleeping or a loss of balance.

Sensory-related symptoms sometimes also develop. You or your loved one may become overly sensitive to light or sound, or you may experience a ringing in your ears or blurry vision.

Common symptoms of moderate or severe TBIs

If you or a loved one suffers a TBI that is moderate to severe in nature, you may experience many of the same symptoms associated with a mild TBI. You may also experience more significant and noticeable symptoms, such as seizures, convulsion, or the draining of fluid out of the ears or nose. A loss of consciousness that lasts longer than a few moments may also indicate a moderate or severe TBI, as can dilation in the eyes or numbness in the extremities. You or your loved one may also notice cognitive changes, such as slurred speech, profound disorientation, or uncharacteristic anger or combativeness.

If you suffered a TBI following a bump or blow to your head, you may find it helpful to speak with an attorney. 

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.