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Common signs of a brain injury

The brain is a unique organ, and every person reacts differently to an injury. Brain injuries are often unpredictable and vary from case to case. They can be caused by trauma, accident or illness, and symptoms can range from simple headaches to a complete loss of memory.

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by car accidents. In many cases the responsible driver was not paying attention or was under the influence. Regardless, you should be aware of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury so you know how to handle the situation.

Speech and language changes

Those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury may have problems with slurred speech, writing and reading and may speak very fast or slow. The injured individual may be unable to understand spoken words or to speak and be understood.

Physical changes

Brain injuries can cause chronic pain, sleep disorders, appetite changes, loss of stamina, physical paralysis, difficulty in regulating body temperature, loss of bladder and bower control, and even menstrual difficulties. Those injured may also have seizures or loss of hearing and vision.

Socio-emotional changes

The brain controls so many aspects of the body, and those who have been injured should always be aware of socio-emotional changes along with the physical changes to the body. Those could include lack of motivation, aggression, disinhibition, irritability, dependent behaviors, lack of awareness and denial. 

Symptoms in children

Children who have a brain injury may react differently than adults, so parent should watch for a depressed or sad mood, unusual irritability, change in ability to pay attention or sleep habits, inability to be consoled, and consistent crying and changing in nursing and eating habits. Children may also lose interest in favorite activities and toys.

Dealing with a traumatic brain injury

If you or someone you love is dealing with a brain injury, you may benefit from speaking to an attorney today about your options for compensation to cover medical bills and any expensive changes that are expected to come because of the injury.

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