One of the clearest indications of brain injury on the site of an accident is a loss of consciousness. If you experience this, even for mere seconds following impact to the head, you should seek immediate medical assistance.
Symptoms at the Scene of an Accident
In addition to a loss of consciousness, symptoms of a brain injury that may occur on the scene of an accident include:
- Different sized pupils
- Vision loss or difficulties
- Fluids coming out of the ears or nose
- Problems standing
- Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
- Slow pulse
- Breathing difficulties or complete respiratory failure
- Problems controlling body parts
When EMTs get to the scene of an accident they often check for things such as traumatic brain injury by assessing these symptoms. If brain injury is suspected, they will transport the victim to the hospital for emergency stabilization.
It is not uncommon for brain injury to remain undetected at the scene of an accident. When an injury has occurred but is not immediately diagnosed, delayed symptoms may include:
- Chronic headaches
- Tinnitus and/or vertigo
- Numbness or tingling in arms and legs
- Difficulties with speech
- Impaired memory and judgment
- Slowed thought process
- Poor attention span
- Behavioral changes including inappropriate emotional responses
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
If you have been involved in an accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical assistance right away. Damage done by brain injury is irreversible, but future damage can often be prevented through swift and effective treatment.
No matter if your brain injury is diagnosed on the scene of an accident or in the days following, you will need an experienced lawyer on your side to help you get proper compensation for your recovery and treatment. The Connecticut brain injury attorneys at Penner Law Firm would be happy to meet with you for free, discuss your case, and help you determine the most effective way to get the compensation you deserve.
If you or a love one has sustained head trauma in an accident, please call 203-878-1254 or contact Penner Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Connecticut injury attorneys.