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Identifying signs of brain injury

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2018 | Brain Injury

When a New Jersey worker experiences a head injury of any sort, quick action is of vital importance. In order to diminish the chances of these injuries having a severe or permanent impact, head trauma of any sort should be identified and treated quickly.

The National Institutes of Health examine the symptoms of traumatic brain injury in severe trauma cases, usually classified as TBI. For TBIs, the victim will often experience the following symptoms:

  • Extreme nausea or repeated vomiting
  • Intense headaches
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures, convulsions, and loss of coordination
  • Numbness or weakness in limbs
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose

Additionally, it may be hard or impossible to wake them up if they fall asleep or fall unconscious. These victims will also have severe cognitive symptoms. This may include slurred speech, combative behavior, or extreme confusion.

Mayo Clinic explores the symptoms of mild and moderate brain trauma. These symptoms can be similar, but are usually less intense. Symptoms may include dizziness, problems with speech or concentration, and nausea or headaches. Generally speaking, these victims won’t lose consciousness. They can have trouble with mood consistency, however, and may experience mood swings and problems with memory. They may also find themselves sensitive to lights or sounds. Other sensory problems include ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and experiencing changes in smells.

Leaving a head injury untreated can cause numerous problems, even if the injury is believed to be mild. For this reason, seeing a doctor immediately after receiving a blow to the head is considered crucially important.