As a brain injury lawyer, Blaine Barrilleaux has seen his fair share of clients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and understands the lasting damage they can cause. TBIs can lead to loss of work, permanent disability, and even death, so it’s crucial to spot the symptoms and seek medical help right away if you suspect you or a loved one has a brain injury.
Our team has worked on cases in the Metairie and Lafayette areas involving brain injury law. Our clients with traumatic brain injuries have similar symptoms, so we’ve collated a list below for informational purposes.
Please keep in mind that we are not trained medical professionals; if you suspect a TBI or are unsure of any symptoms you’re having, seek medical help immediately.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Causes and Symptoms
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as a “disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”
TBIs are often caused by falls or being struck by an object. Car accidents are also major TBI contributors, which is why getting checked out by a doctor is one of the most important things to do after a car wreck.
Below are some of the most common symptoms we see in our TBI clients. However, this list is not exhaustive by any means, so talk to your doctor if you’re unsure about any symptoms you’re experiencing.
Also, keep in mind that many of these symptoms may take hours or days to appear, so don’t assume you’re unhurt just because you feel okay at the moment.
Physical Brain Injury Symptoms
- Headache, especially if persistent
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Weak or numb limbs
- Loss of consciousness
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
Cognitive Brain Injury Symptoms
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or disorientation
- Change in mood or behavior
- Trouble with concentration or memory
- Depression, anxiety, or agitation
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Loss of consciousness
Sensory Brain Injury Symptoms
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Loss of smell or phantom smells
- Bad taste in the mouth
Moderate to severe TBIs can lead to lingering physical and cognitive symptoms that permanently alter a person’s life. According to the CDC, 80-90,000 people every year face long-term disability, and an additional 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries, which is why it’s so important to take head injuries seriously
But even mild TBIs can result in expensive medical bills and loss of work. If someone else’s negligence or intentionally harmful actions caused your TBI, a brain injury lawyer may be able to help you get compensation for your expenses.
Do You Need a Brain Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured and suspect a TBI, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you’re okay. Call your doctor or 911, and seek medical help right away.
Once you’ve been treated by a medical professional, your next step should be to consult a brain injury lawyer. Brain injury cases tend to be complicated, and it’s a good idea to have help from someone experienced in brain injury law who can help you fight for compensation.
If you’ve sustained a TBI in Metairie, Lafayette, or the surrounding area, the Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux can help. Contact our team of Louisiana brain injury attorneys for a free case evaluation.