Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyer: Brain Injury Symptoms

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, when the head is violently jerked or snapped, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Symptoms include the following and may present in any combination:

  • may or may not have a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes – don’t rely on this to exclusively determine a brain injury or whether to seek medical treatment
  • headache – the more severe the brain damage the more persistent the headache
  • confusion
  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision or tired eyes
  • ringing in the ears
  • bad taste in the mouth
  • fatigue or lethargy
  • a change in sleep patterns
  • behavioral or mood changes / personality change
  • trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
  • repeated vomiting or nausea
  • convulsions or seizures
  • an inability to awaken from sleep
  • dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • slurred speech
  • weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • loss of coordination
  • restlessness or agitation
  • coma

What to Do if You Suspect TBI

If someone is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, they should receive medical attention as soon as possible. Because little can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma, medical personnel try to stabilize an individual with TBI and focus on preventing further injury. Of utmost importance is:

  • proper oxygen supply to the brain and the rest of the body
  • maintaining adequate blood flow
  • controlling blood pressure

Imaging tests can help with diagnosis and prognosis. Imaging that may be recommended:

  • skull and neck X-rays to check for bone fractures or spinal instability
  • computed tomography (CT) scan for moderate or severe cases –will show location and shape of hemorrhage

This information is provided by TSR Injury Law. Our attorneys are consistently named Super Lawyers by their peers and Chuck Slane has been voted one of the 2008 Minnesota Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys have years of experience with personal injury law, have a stellar reputation, and have secured millions in compensation for our clients. They have proven their expertise in TBI cases with many settlements in the millions. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.