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What are some common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries?

Much like spinal cord injuries (SCIs), there are many types of incidents that can result in someone suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some of the more common injuring events include contact sports and motor vehicle accidents. While SCI symptoms tend to be present suddenly after a person gets hurt, TBI symptoms can be slow to manifest themselves. Some individuals don't show signs of injury until days or months after their accident has occurred.

There are various signs that you should look for if you suspect that someone that you care for has suffered a TBI.

Individuals with a concussion, the mildest type of TBI, generally experience dizziness, nausea, fatigue and headaches. If someone continues to experience these symptoms along with ringing in their ears or neck pain in the days and weeks after an accident, then this may be a sign that their condition is far worse than it was initially thought to be.

Symptoms associated with moderate or severe TBIs include an inability to awaken someone from their sleep. If an individual has dilated pupils, slurred speech or limpness in their legs and arms, then this may be a sign that they're suffering from a more serious type of TBI.

Nausea accompanied by convulsions, seizures or vomiting and headaches that seem to linger or progressively get worse should also cause an individual to second guess their original diagnosis.

There are millions of individuals who receive jolts, bumps or blows to the head each year here in South Dakota and the rest of the United States. Data published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows at least one-half of these individuals suffer serious enough of injuries that it warrants them being transported to the hospital.

NIH data shows that at least half of the TBIs that are diagnosed in the U.S. are caused by car crashes. If you've suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else's negligence, then an experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with solid legal representation in your South Dakota accident case.

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