A traumatic brain injury is not always immediately evident.
Seeking immediate medical attention for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is essential to prevent any complications and can mean the difference between life and death. When in doubt, go see a doctor.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The only way a TBI can be diagnosed is by a CAT scan. A CAT scan can help a doctor locate any bleeding in the brain. Brain hemorrhage can be life-threatening if the blood accumulates and puts pressure on the brain, known as subdural and epidural hematomas.
Any kind of slow bleeding can force certain parts of the brain against the skull and through the tiny hole in the base of the skull known as the foramen magnum. Key areas of the brain that control vital functions, such as heart rate and breathing, will stop working if they get squeezed and this can result in death. Subdural and epidural hematomas can be diagnosed with a CAT scan. If any such bleeding is found, a surgery is necessary to remove the clot.
Symptoms to Look For
If a person is not responding or looks unconscious, call for an ambulance immediately. However, not all head injuries cause loss of consciousness or coma. A TBI may cause a brief period of amnesia, loss of consciousness, or just a dizzy feeling. In fact, a person who has suffered a TBI may feel and look fine. However, there may be brain injury that only a CT scan can show. (Learn more – Depression Common After a Traumatic Brain Injury) Symptoms that warrant an immediate trip to the hospital include:
- loss of consciousness, even for a short period
- feeling confused or dazed
- a period of amnesia
Chicago Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, discuss your legal options with a Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.