Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms When They Manifest Late
Your son’s accident happened well over two weeks ago; he fell off your roof and struck his head on a rock. You immediately rushed him to Lake Area Medical, but after a thorough examination and a few stitches, the doctor thankfully told you that he shouldn’t have any lasting damage.
However, over the past few days, he’s been irritable and acting oddly. It’s a chore to get him up in the morning—and keep him up during the day. Every time you ask him a question he acts confused and then walks away. When you follow him and ask again, he yells that you never asked him anything. Yesterday, he went to bed with an excruciating headache.
Could all of these changes be a result of the accident? Should you take him back to Lake Area Medical?
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury Don't Always Appear Right Away
Brain injuries are amongst the leading causes of premature deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 90,000 traumatic brain injury (TBI) fatalities each year in the United States. This is why, even if the injury may appear to be minor, it is extremely important to be able to identify symptoms of a TBI before it’s too late.
Some types of brain injuries take time to fully manifest. Although you may seem fine after an accident, and your doctor claims your brain wasn’t affected, you can still develop symptoms anywhere from a few hours to a month later. If you, or a loved one, experience a blow or accident to the head, stay alert to any of the following signs that there may be a problem and seek medical attention immediately.
Be Aware of These Symptoms of a Potential Brain Injury:
- Cognitive problems – Can’t think, concentrate, or follow conversations.
- Behavioral changes – Depression, mood changes, increased anger, or irritability.
- Memory loss – Short-term, as well as long-term, memory loss.
- Confusion – Overall confusion or disorientation.
- Headaches – Especially reoccurring headaches, or ones that last for longer than an hour.
Delayed symptoms can sometimes be even more dangerous than symptoms that are present immediately, since whatever damage suffered has a longer time to manifest and grow. Delayed signs and diagnoses, may also indicate deeper or more internal damage that may be inoperable or untreatable when it finally does become known.
Never take a chance when it comes to your brain’s health. When in doubt about the severity of an injury or symptom, contact your doctor for immediate diagnosis and treatment. Time lost can be brain lost.
Already been diagnosed and not sure where to turn? Contact us today for a free consultation and more information about your injury claim and rights.
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