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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s Time to Learn the Symptoms.

When people hear “brain injury,” they may be likely to picture an NFL player who experienced years’ worth of hits to the head or a military service member thrown by a battlefield explosion. But brain injuries can range from mild to severe and affect people of all ages and from all walks of life.

In a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the brain is impacted by an external force, which can involve any kind of blow or strike to the head. If a brain injury goes undetected and is left untreated, the injured person’s condition may deteriorate rapidly or over an extended period of time. The consequences of even a “minor” injury to the head may be long-lasting.

March has been recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month for more than three decades, in an effort to educate the public about the incidence of this serious injury and the needs of its victims. To that end, it's a good time to recognize the signs and symptoms of brain injury, especially if a loved one has suffered head trauma through someone else's negligent actions.

Concussion and other TBIs

People who are aware of the symptoms of a brain injury may be able to help victims get the medical care they need. When someone sustains a blow to the head, they may have sustained a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, with symptoms such as the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Blurred vision or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in ears
  • Disoriented or slurred speech
  • Trouble following conversations or communicating
  • Emotional irritability or personality changes
  • Altered sensory perception

If you're with someone who's suffered head trauma, look at the injured person’s pupils. When one pupil is larger than the other, they may have suffered a serious head injury. If this occurs, or if the injured person has seizures, isn’t able to comprehend their surroundings or reports being numb, or if any of the above symptoms get worse over time, seek immediate medical attention.

Recovering from any kind of brain injury can be a difficult, drawn-out process, and in some cases, full recovery is impossible. But if a brain injury results from an accident involving negligence, it's essential to seek experienced legal counsel to ensure compensation fully accounts for the harm suffered.

If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury caused by someone's negligence or wrongdoing, the faulty party may be liable for covering the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban represent traumatic brain injury victims in the Carolinas and Virginia. If you need help seeking compensation for an injury, call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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