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What are some symptoms of traumatic brain injuries?

As you drove home one evening, you noticed that the road was slick from rain. You slowed down, but other drivers weren't as cautious. As you pulled around a bend, another vehicle slammed into yours.

Several minutes later, you found yourself waking up to an emergency team helping you out of your vehicle. A series of tests shows that you suffered a moderate concussion. You have to miss work, go through medical tests and receive treatment.

How will a traumatic brain injury affect me?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are all different, even if they're categorized the same. For instance, two people can have moderate concussions but have wildly different symptoms.

Most people know they have a concussion because of a continuous headache, slurred speech, numbness in the arms and legs, dilated purples or cases of seizures or nausea. Individuals may feel dizzy or tired.

These initial symptoms of a brain injury usually resolve over time, but the length of time it takes for you to recover may be hard to predict. While many people recover in a few weeks or months, it's also possible to recover for two or more years before you feel like yourself again. Some injuries and symptoms may be permanent.

Traumatic brain injuries result in changes to your sensations, emotions, language and other aspects of your life. Severe injuries usually require rehabilitation, so remember to give therapy and rehabilitation a chance to get your brain back on track. In the meantime, your attorney can help you obtain compensation from the negligent party who injured you, so you can focus on your health and recovery.

Source: Medline Plus, "Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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