Get to know the signs and symptoms of brain injuries

When someone receives a blow to the head, whether in a car accident, slip and fall or sports injury, there may not be any obvious indication of a brain injury at first. However, physical and psychological signs and symptoms often reveal themselves over time, making it possible to diagnose and treat the brain injury.  

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So what are some of signs and symptoms to look for? Brainline.org explains.

In milder injuries like concussions, the symptoms of brain injury may include:

·       Any lapse in consciousness

·       Sudden forgetfulness or amnesia

·       Confusion

·       Poor balance or dizzy spells

·       Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

·       Blurred vision

·       Bad taste in the mouth

·       Headaches

·       Moodiness

·       Problems with concentration

·       Memory impairment

In the case of more significant injuries, symptoms may include the above, as well as:

·       Unrelenting headaches

·       Nausea and vomiting

·       Seizures

·       Jerking bodily movements or convulsions

·       Comatose states

·       Numbness or weakness in limbs

·       Dilated eyes

·       Poor coordination

·       Agitation

·       Slurred speech

Unfortunately, it is often difficult to diagnose a mild brain injury since most times it’s “invisible.” Even well-educated healthcare professionals have a difficult time spotting the signs of a brain injury, which is why the most common advice always boils down to “get checked; better safe than sorry.” If there's a suspicion of a brain injury, it's best to report to the nearest emergency room.

To meet with a lawyer regarding brain injury claims in Ontario, contact us. We can be reached in Kitchener at 519-725-8000. You can also contact us online.