The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you seek immediate medical attention for a traumatic brain injury like a concussion if you or a loved one experiences any of these danger signs following a head injury:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
The injured person should be taken to an emergency department right away if they:
- Look very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
- Have convulsions or seizures.
- Cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
- Have unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness (even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously and the person should be carefully monitored).
If an infant sustains a head injury, they should be taken to the emergency room if they:
- Have any of the danger signs for adults listed above.
- Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled.
- Will not nurse or eat.
Physicians stress that rest is essential following a head injury, as it helps the brain to heal. Those who are recovering from a head injury should avoid physical activity, sustained computer usage, mental distractions (doing more than one thing at a time) as well as avoidance of alcohol and drugs, except for those prescribed by a doctor.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a medical mistake, our Texas medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.