Symptoms of brain injuries
The effects of brain injury are unpredictable, and no two brain injuries are exactly alike. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), brain damage can change many aspects of an individual, including the way the person feels, thinks, behaves, and controls the body.
When a brain injury disrupts the functions of the neurons and nerve tracts, messages to the brain may not be properly transmitted, affecting:
- Movement of the body
- Body temperature regulation
- Blood pressure
- Bowel and bladder control
According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be evident immediately after an injury, while others may take days or even weeks to appear. The symptoms can be physical or mental.
Diagnosing a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury can be life threatening. Get emergency medical treatment immediately after an injury if TBI is suspected. A medical professional can generally tell from the symptoms when severe brain injury has occurred. However, with milder trauma, they may need to conduct further evaluation and testing to diagnose a brain injury. Doctors use imaging technology to obtain more information about brain injuries and to determine severity, location, and type of injury.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
In some cases, a neuropsychological assessment may be done by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to determine which areas of the brain and abilities of the patient have been adversely affected by the injury. This assessment can be useful in developing a long-term treatment plan and provide information to the individual and their family members about what to expect in the future.
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner helps people with serious brain injuries
The effects of a traumatic brain injury can alter all aspects of a brain injury survivor’s life, including relationships with family and ability to hold a job. It may change the lives of people with serious brain injuries and their families. If you have suffered a TBI, ongoing medical care and physical therapy may be an integral part of your recovery and your future health.
At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our compassionate Honolulu traumatic brain injury lawyers help victims recover both financially and emotionally from the life-changing effects of TBI. Contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner today at 808-537-2525. We can help.