Let’s face it: most of us are not medical doctors. So when it comes to the self-diagnosis after an injury, we should leave it to the professionals.
What happens if you have an injury but you’re not quite sure if it’s serious enough to pursue a case? Well, you’re may not be a lawyer either. In Houston, personal injury attorneys Kirkendall Dwyer LLP are familiar with accidents that can cause brain or burn injuries that must be addressed immediately.
If you’re not certain if you should seek medical attention, understand that the symptoms and signs below are indicative of a traumatic brain injury — or TBI — and you should immediately contact a doctor.
Experts say symptoms of a TBI can actually range from mild to middle-of-the-road to serious. It all depends on the amount of damage to the brain. But while some signs appear almost at once, others can take a while after the brain injury to appear. The potential delay means you should see a doctor after you have been in any kind of accident that could have damaged your head or brain.
A person with a mild TBI may experience:
- Blackouts for a few minutes or seconds.
- Being dazed or confused for days or weeks following the injury.
- Headache, being dizzy, blurred vision, ear ringing, mild fatigue, bad taste in your mouth.
If you have a moderate to serious TBI, you may feel:
- Worsening headache, vomiting/nausea, convulsions/seizures.
- Unable to wake up from sleeping, loss of coordination.
- Increased confusion, restlessness or irritation/agitation.
Though it’s good for you to be aware of signs and symptoms you can find online, if you are not a doctor, leave diagnosis and treatment to professionals. If it turns out you do have a serious traumatic brain injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP immediately.