What are the signs of a brain injury?

A brain injury is always a serious situation. However, it is not always easy to know when you or someone else has a brain injury. The signs and symptoms can be different for each person in each situation. Even if you have had a brain injury before, the signs may not be the same this time around. This only adds to the risks because an untreated brain injury can lead to serious consequences. The best way to protect yourself is to familiarize yourself with the possible signs.

The Mayo Clinic explains that you first should understand that symptoms of a brain injury may not appear right away. Sometimes they can take weeks to appear. If you have been injured, you need to watch for any signs that something could be wrong in the days and weeks following the injury.

Common symptoms include headache, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, sensory issues, sensitivity to light or sound, memory issues and mood changes. Symptoms are often more severe with more severe injuries. You may have seizures, lose feeling in your hands or toes, have drainage from your ears or nose, have trouble speaking or lose coordination. In the most severe situations, you could go into a coma.

Symptoms in children can be even more difficult to notice. Watch for signs of behavior changes, crying without a noticeable reason, sleeping issues, changes in mood and drowsiness.

If you notice any symptoms after a head injury, you should seek medical care right away. This information is for education and is not legal advice.