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Understanding the symptoms of brain injury

Brain injury can occur after a number of events, including traumatic births, sports injuries and car accidents. The symptoms of brain injury aren't always apparent immediately after an accident, and mild brain injury cases can even present like other diseases or problems. Understanding the symptoms of brain injury can help individuals who are injured in New Jersey make educated choices about things such as seeking legal assistance with possible compensation claims.

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human, losing consciousness does not always mean a brain injury is present. Some symptoms of mild brain injury include lightheadedness, headaches, confusion and blurred vision. Other symptoms may include experiencing an unexplained bad taste, changing sleeping habits and mood or behavior changes. Some people with mild brain injuries have trouble sleeping, have a sensitivity to sound or light and experience nausea.

In more severe cases, symptoms are exacerbated or last longer. Headaches may get worse or not go away and loss of consciousness may last for hours. Coordination may suffer, and individuals can experience numbness in limbs as well as slurred speech. Seizure activity can be a symptom of serious brain injury; so can large pupils and ongoing nausea or vomiting.

Since many of these symptoms can also be related to other serious medical conditions, individuals suffering from them should seek medical care. Once a brain injury diagnosis is made, families and individuals may want to consider caring for other areas of their lives. One way to do so, if someone else may have caused the incident related to brain injury, is to seek professional assistance in filing a personal injury claim.

Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, "What are common TBI symptoms?" Nov. 07, 2014

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