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You just have a headache, right? It could be more than that

The human brain remains an enigma to many scientists. This remarkable piece of engineering defines the human race and its achievements. As if to balance all of its power, the brain's delicate structure makes it vulnerable to injury. Car accidents, falls or blows to the head with an object could damage your brain and cause you a variety of medical problems that could last for months or the rest of your life.

Recognizing a traumatic brain injury without advanced medical testing presents a challenge to many medical doctors, so you might have difficulty recognizing whether you suffer from one as well. Understanding the symptoms that allude to a TBI might help you seek medical attention quickly in order to avoid any further damage or death.

Symptoms of TBI

Even a minor head injury can have lasting effects that complicate your life. If you suffered a blow to the head, fell and hit your head, or were involved in a motor vehicle accident, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Odd or bad taste in your mouth
  • Moodiness
  • Sudden forgetfulness
  • Memory or concentration issues

If you lost consciousness for any length of time, that could indicate a TBI. A more serious TBI would include the above symptoms, plus the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unrelenting headaches
  • Headaches that grow worse
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Jerky body movements
  • Weakness or numbness of your limbs
  • Dilated eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Agitation
  • Poor coordination

Of course, anyone who falls into a coma could suffer from severe TBI.

If you suffered a moderate to severe TBI, you could miss a substantial amount of time at work, incur medical expenses associated with your injury and sustain other damages that adversely affect your personal, professional and financial lives. If your accident occurred at work, you could receive workers' compensation benefits to help with your financial losses. If a third party's negligence contributed to your injury, you might also file a personal injury claim.

Even if your injury had nothing to do with work, you retain the right to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of another. If the evidence shows this, a court could award you damages to alleviate your financial burdens and provide you the resources you need for your current and future medical and other needs. These cases get complicated quickly, so involving a Houston attorney could help to ensure your success.

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