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Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Are Often Slow to Appear

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can vary in type and severity, and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. A serious TBI can be life-altering, impacting your personality, speech, and ability to complete even the simplest tasks. High-impact sports, motor vehicle accidents, and falls from high places are all common causes of TBIs. If you’ve been injured and suspect that you may be suffering from a TBI, contact your physician immediately.

Delayed Symptoms

Unfortunately, it can take weeks, even months, for TBI symptoms to appear. In some cases, the injuries don’t become obvious until the swelling around the brain begins to subside. If you’ve experienced any type of trauma to the head, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Typically, physicians will monitor head trauma patients for symptoms of TBI for several weeks. If you’ve suffered from a TBI due to another’s negligence, Contact a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Today.

Beware of Quick Settlements

Insurance companies often encourage quick settlements in cases involving head trauma because symptoms haven’t yet appeared. It is in their best interest to settle as quickly as possible; if symptoms arise after a settlement, the insurance company may be ‘off the hook’ entirely. This is why it is so important to have a skilled personal injury attorney at your side if you even suspect a TBI. If you’ve been injured, the last thing you want to do is deal with an unscrupulous insurance company.

Common Signs and Symptoms of TBIs

When signs of TBI do begin to appear, they can vary in type and severity. Symptoms are based on many factors, including the location and extent of the injury to the brain. The following side effects are common in TBI cases:

  • Loss of short term memory
  • Loss of long term memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Becoming easily angry or agitated
  • Loss of ability to use certain limbs
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Tremors or shaking

Penetration Injuries vs. Impact Injuries

The above list includes the most common symptoms of TBI, but it is not exhaustive. If you develop any of these symptoms after experiencing a traumatic head injury, seek medical attention immediately and Contact a Massachusetts TBI Lawyer Today. TBIs can be classified as penetration injuries or impact injuries. Penetration injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull, causing physical damage to the brain. Impact injuries occur due to a violent jolt, typically caused by forceful impact or being shaken. In impact injuries, the brain moves around in the skull, resulting in swelling, bleeding, and/or bruising. Both types of TBI can be life-altering and life-threatening.

Altman & Altman, LLP – Boston’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm

With more than 50 years’ experience protecting the rights of accident and injury victims in MA, the attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our skilled lawyers have extensive experience with head trauma cases, including TBI. We understand the complex nature of this type of injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Don’t go through this alone. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.