Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury after an Accident

Protecting injury victims in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville, and throughout Tennessee

Brain injury is more common that some people might think, because unless the person has suffered an open head injury, the signs and symptoms can be difficult to recognize. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 1.5 million Americans who suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year, about 50,000 people die from TBI, and about 85,000 live with long term disabilities from a brain injury. One of the challenges of brain injury is that the effects are different for each individual and it can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects on the injured person. Some of the signs and symptoms are apparent right away while others may take days or weeks to show up.

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville brain injury attorneys have successfully helped many clients who have suffered from a brain injury. When you or someone you care about has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, you need the help of an aggressive legal team that will fight for your right to fair compensation. Because we keep offices in Gallatin and Knoxville, too, we are always nearby when you need us the most.

How brain injuries occur

There are countless mechanisms for the most common causes of brain injury, including:

  • Open head injury. These injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull. You are likely to see them after an auto accident, on a worksite or in victims of violence.
  • Closed head injury. A closed head injury often occurs after a motor vehicle crash, a fall, sports injury, etc. where there is no penetration to the skull.
  • Diffuse axonal injury. A car crash is one of the primary mechanisms for a diffuse axonal injury. It occurs when the soft, malleable brain is slammed against the inside back of the skull and then against the inside of the front of the skull. This rapid movement can cause diffuse axonal shearing, swelling and bruising of the brain. Axons are nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and during impact these nerve cells can be stretched and compressed and sometimes torn which causes the neuron to die.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals. Lead poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning and exposure to other toxic chemicals can damage the neurons in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Hypoxia. The lack of oxygen flowing to the brain for just a few minutes can result in significant brain damage, cognitive and memory deficits.

Brain tumors, infections and stroke are other factors that can bring about brain injury.

Signs and symptoms of brain injury

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of brain injury in the U.S. After an accident, a person may not even realize that their brain has been injured. They may have lost consciousness only briefly and after coming to they may think that everything is fine especially when it is a closed head injury. Even if the injured person is evaluated at an emergency room, it is not uncommon for the ER doctor to miss the symptoms or the symptoms may not have appeared yet. This could be a dangerous mistake because a person could die due to a delay in treating a brain injury.

Some of the signs and symptoms of brain injury include, but are not limited to:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Trouble walking or maintaining balance
  • Numbness
  • Memory problems or memory loss
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Speaking incoherently or slurred speech
  • Nausea and vomiting

It is important to note that a person can suffer from a brain injury for many reasons. The brain injured person may not have lost consciousness after the injury (if there was an injury), and some symptoms may not show up right away, so if a person who has suffered head trauma seems to be perfectly fine immediately following the accident, they still need medical attention and a follow up visit with their own doctor later. The number and severity of symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the injury.

Standing up for injured clients

When someone has suffered a brain injury after a motor vehicle crash or any other circumstance that was caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another person, they may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. This would allow them to recover financial compensation for their medical expenses and the time they have lost on their job, the pain and suffering after the accident and any ongoing expenses that often come with caring for a person who is brain injured. They may not be able to return to their old job. They may not even be able to care for themselves.

The experienced Nashville brain injury lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm understand what it takes to obtain full financial recovery for those who have suffered brain injury which resulted in permanent disabilities. We know how to quantify the medical, physical, psychological and economic impacts of brain injury in a person’s life.

Excellent lawyers for cases involving brain injury

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm is proud to represent clients who have suffered brain injuries in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville and throughout the state of Tennessee. When you want attorneys who know how to win a personal injury case, you want to work with us. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call 615-246-5549 or fill out our contact form today.