If your head was struck while working in Oregon, it is possible that you have suffered from a concussion, also known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A normal bump on the head is usually a mild and irritating injury, but if you are experiencing additional symptoms, it may be a TBI. That is why it is important for you to know the symptoms that tell you that you should see a doctor.
The Brain Injury Association of America states that a concussion can range from mild to severe. The severe ones are easier to diagnose, while the mild ones may be more difficult to diagnose.
A TBI is often accompanied by a headache and lethargy, and may cause you to start vomiting. One way to check if you have a concussion is to see how your eye pupils respond to light. One symptom of a TBI is pupils that do not contract when a light is shone on them, or one pupil behaving differently than the other.
Severe TBI symptoms
If it is clear that you have even a mild TBI, you may want to see a medical professional to ensure complications do not arise. However, if you encounter severe symptoms, such as loss of bowel control, tingling or numbness, emotional changes, confusion, slowing of the pulse, loss of coordination, problems with balance or loss of consciousness, you should go to the hospital as soon as possible. In the most extreme cases, spinal fluid may leak from the nose or ears.
This article is meant to inform you about diagnosing a TBI, and is not legal advice.