Brain injuries are often referred to as catastrophic injuries as they can have a profound impact on you and your family members. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Auto accidents are among the most common causes of brain injuries, but they can also be caused by falls, contact sports and violence as well as incidents of medical negligence or elder abuse. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in an auto accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention—Even minor car accidents can cause mild to severe traumatic brain injuries.
There are warnings signs you can watch for to indicate whether you or someone you know has a brain injury, and they involve physical, sensory and cognitive symptoms. Brain injuries also vary in severity, and medical professionals may tell you specific signs to look for, depending on your accident. Moderate to severe brain injuries typically exhibit one or more of these ten symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness (ranging from a few minutes to several hours or longer)
- Persistent head pain or worsening headache
- Slurred speech
- Frequent nausea or vomiting
- Clear fluid dripping from the ears or nose
- Trouble waking up or inability to wake up
- Numbness or weakness in toes or fingers
- Poor coordination
- Severe mental confusion and unusual behavior
Head trauma should always be taken seriously. Any sign of the symptoms listed above warrants a visit to the doctor. If a child suffered a head injury, he or she might exhibit strange behaviors and changes in sleeping or eating habits because of a lack of understanding in how to communicate pain and other symptoms.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Prescott Valley or surrounding Arizona areas, please contact our brain injury lawyer today at (928) 227-1116 for a FREE consultation. The Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. fights on behalf of clients throughout Northern Arizona including Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood.