In the immediate aftermath of a serious accident, your loved one has visible wounds. From the serious skin lacerations to the significant bruising, you might think that identifying where your loved one got hurt is easy to see.
Some injuries remain hidden. They are masked by the adrenaline your loved one feels at the time of the accident, and the symptoms stay dormant for weeks or months after the incident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of those types of injuries.
Signs of Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
It is unlikely that your loved one will be diagnosed right away with TBI. Instead, this potentially catastrophic injury could appear over time. It is important to watch closely for any of the symptoms so that you can get your loved on help.
The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms:
- Frequent headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with coordination or stability
- Memory loss
TBI might not be the cause of these symptoms, but it has to be considered a possible diagnosis. You want to play it safe. It is important that you seek help immediately if you notice any of these signs after a serious accident.
What to Do If You Think Your Loved One Has a Brain Injury
The first thing you should do if you think your loved one has TBI is talk to your doctor. Write down all of the signs and symptoms and go with your loved one to the appointment.
Early diagnosis can help your loved one get treatment and turn to as normal as possible after the accident. The doctor’s diagnosis of TBI also plays a critical role in the outcome of your injury claim.
In addition to the devastation TBIs cause, they are also financially very expensive. Care for a patient with a brain injury can cost up to $200,000 annually. It’s critical to get compensation to help your loved one get the relief he or she needs.
As you pursue your personal injury claim against the person who caused the accident, the insurance adjuster will want to know every injury your loved one has. If your loved one has not been diagnosed with TBI yet, start documenting as much as you can about his or her condition. Keep a journal that talks about his or her behavior, headaches, or any abnormal feelings.
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