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The signs and risks of traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2020 | Injuries

As many New Yorkers may know, there are many possible causes of traumatic brain injuries. No matter the cause, a serious case can cause long-lasting and debilitating medical complications or even death.

Traumatic brain injuries range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. The more serious the injury, the more likely there is to be torn soft tissues, bruising, bleeding and other brain damage.

This type of brain damage can be caused by a significant blow or jolt to the head, such as from a workplace accident, a serious slip-and-fall accident or the impact of a car crash. If the brain injury occurred because of events like these, those could all be grounds for a legal case and possible compensation.

Recognize the signs

The symptoms of moderate or severe brain injuries are likely to be evident within hours or days after the accident occurred. A few of the many physical symptoms of these injuries can include signs like any of the following:

  • Unconsciousness lasting minutes up to hours
  • Coma or inability to wake up from sleep
  • A headache that worsens or won’t go away
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • The pupils of one or both eyes dilating
  • Unusual, clear fluids leaking from the nose or ears
  • A feeling of numbness, especially in the toes and fingers

Other, more cognitive symptoms can include losing coordination, slurred speech, confusion, agitation or other behavior that seems erratic or unusual.

Some serious complications resulting from traumatic brain injury may include a vegetative state or brain death, fluid buildup inside the brain, paralysis of face muscles, damaged hearing, memory loss, problems thinking and more.

When the worst happens, get help

Medical expenses add up, and lost workdays can devour your savings. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s important that you understand your rights and seek all the financial compensation you may be eligible to receive. Talk to an experienced and skilled Brooklyn attorney who can fight for you and get you as much compensation as possible under New York law.