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Know the signs of a traumatic brain injury

A brain injury can impact the rest of your life. Despite the serious nature of this injury, traumatic brain injuries are often difficult to recognize, especially immediately after an accident. A delayed or missed diagnosis can be detrimental in many ways. Victims may struggle performing everyday tasks and no longer feel like themselves.

Know the warning signs of a traumatic brain injury

The first step in raising awareness of TBIs is to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of brain injuries. The warning signs of TBIs are different for every individual. However, the most common warning signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Headaches or neck pain
  • Frequent confusion or getting lost
  • Memory loss
  • Hard to concentrate or make decisions
  • Fatigue or lack of motivation to do anything
  • Change in sleep patterns or habits
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

These symptoms may not appear until days or weeks after the injury occurred. This can make it difficult for victims and medical professionals to diagnose TBIs. Symptoms are different for every individual. This is why it is best to seek medical attention immediately after an accident and in the following days or weeks if you believe you are injured.

Can you file a claim?

You only have five years to file a personal injury claim after an injury in Missouri. It is important to recognize the symptoms of a brain injury so you can get the proper medical treatment and an accurate amount of compensation to help pay for your immediate and long-term care.

Insurance companies may pressure you settle your claim before your injuries are fully understood. Do not sign anything until your injuries have been properly evaluated and you know the nature and extent of your injuries. In addition to seeing a medical professional, you should consider consulting a personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

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