Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen when a person receives a blow to the head. It is defined as damage that occurs to the brain due to an external mechanical force. Some of the most common causes include falls and motor vehicle accidents. However, many people become injured through the negligence of medical professionals. These could include a child being injured at birth due to improper use of vacuum or forceps during delivery, an undiagnosed stroke or infection. A TBI can cause a wide spectrum of physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral effects. The severity of the injury can be classified into three different categories, mild, moderate and severe. The outcome ranges from the individual making a full recovery, being disabled permanently or suffering death. The severity of the injury can be classified into three different categories, mild, moderate and severe.
All medical professionals understand how important it is to monitor the oxygen levels to the brain during any medical procedure. A traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of an anesthesia error, misdiagnosing a stroke or the baby can be injured during the birthing process. Please consult a San Antonio brain injury lawyer for help in pursuing litigation against those responsible.
Signs and Symptoms of TBI
Traumatic brain injuries can have a wide range of both psychological and/or physical effects. A variety of symptoms or signs might appear immediately after the injury, while others may take days or weeks to appear. The most common signs and symptoms include the following:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
• Loss of consciousness ranging from a few seconds to several minutes
• No loss of consciousness but the person appears to be dazed or confused
• Trouble concentrating or remembering things
• Loss of balance or dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Blurred vision or ringing in the ears
• Sensitivity to lights or sounds
• Mood swings
• Feeling anxious or depressed
• Drowsiness or fatigue
• Sleeping more than normal
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
• Loss of consciousness ranging from a few minutes to hours
• Profound confusion
• Agitation or combativeness
• Slurred speech
• Inability to wake up
• Numbness or weakness in fingers or toes
• Loss of coordination
• Nausea or repeated vomiting
• Seizures or convulsions
• Pupils dilated in one or both eyes
Infant or Children’s Symptoms
• Change in nursing or eating habits
• Constant crying or inability to soothe the child
• Unusual irritability
• Decreased ability in paying attention
• Sleeping more or less than normal
• Loss of interest in favorite activities or toys
If someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately. It is always better to err on the side of caution when a person’s health is involved.
Time frame to File a Medical Malpractice Claim
Most people can recover what is known as economic losses, which are the actual costs they have spent on medical treatment or suffered due to lost wages. Non-economic damages cover pain and suffering, temporary or permanent disability or disfigurement. In the State of Texas, the victim must commence litigation within two years from the date the negligence occurred. However, this statute of limitations can be held in cases where the victim did not discover the cause of their injury or if the patient was a minor at the time. We recommend contacting a San Antonio brain injury lawyer for a review of your case.
Getting Help from a Lawyer
TBI victims in San Antonio and throughout the State of Texas are entitled to receive monetary compensation to pay for medical expenses and lost wages. In order to have a successful case, it is important to have strong legal representation. Our injury attorneys have handled numerous TBI cases and they specialize in representing clients who have suffered due to medical malpractice. Please call us today and find out how we can assist you.