If you have been the victim of a brain injury accident, speak with a brain injury attorney in Longwood, Florida from David & Philpot, P.L. Not all traumatic brain injuries are equally severe. A concussion is a relatively mild traumatic brain injury that usually results in no long-term complications. However, any time you suspect a traumatic brain injury, you should have an evaluation performed by a medical professional. Symptoms of TBI can appear mild at first and worsen with time, whether that be a matter of hours or days. When in doubt, it is safer to err on the side of caution and seek treatment. Our Longwood, FL brain injury attorney recommends seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Call our office to speak with a brain injury attorney Longwood, FL residents trust now.
Which First Aid Measures To Take
Unfortunately, it may take time before a doctor can see a potential traumatic brain injury patient, and you may need to administer care in the interim. Here are some things a Longwood, FL brain injury attorney wants you to remember.
- Keep Calm. The symptoms of a severe traumatic brain injury can be scary, but it is essential for you to keep your head and respond appropriately.
- Learn the Symptoms. A severe head injury requires emergency care, so it is essential to learn the symptoms associated with it. This includes (but are not limited to) the following:
- Slurred speech
- Unequal pupil size
- Loss of balance
- Severe bleeding
- Change in consciousness level
- Severe headache
- Take Appropriate Action. It is a good idea to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation so that you can perform it when necessary. A traumatic brain injury could cause a person to stop breathing, in which case CPR could save his or her life. Another risk of severe head trauma is complications due to blood loss. Avoid applying direct pressure to a suspected skull fracture, but otherwise, use a clean cloth or sterile gauze to apply firm pressure to a bleeding wound.
What To Expect at the Hospital
The treatment one can expect to receive at a hospital for a head trauma depends on the nature and severity of the injury. If the patient is conscious, the treating physician may perform neurocognitive tests to assess brain function. The doctor is also likely to obtain imaging studies of some kind: MRI, CT, plain film x-rays, etc.
The treating physician will want to know about any medications the patient is taking. Anticoagulants, more commonly known as blood thinners, can complicate the injury because they prevent blood from clotting. If the patient is taking any of these, the doctor will want to know. The doctor may ask you for this information if the patient is not conscious, but if you do not know for sure what the patient is taking, say so rather than guessing.
For a mild concussion, the patient may be able to go home right away after the evaluation. More severe injuries may require a hospital stay.
Get the Help of a Brain Injury Attorney in Longwood, Florida now!
Once the situation has stabilized, it may be time to start thinking about seeking damages from the negligent party who caused the injury. When you contact our office, one of our attorneys can assess the case and advise you of your options. Speak with a Longwood, FL brain injury attorney from David & Philpot, P.L. now!