Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Rarely will you see an accident coming, nor will you be prepared for it. Unfortunately, the injuries caused by some accidents can be severe and life-changing.
One injury that may occur after a car, truck or slip-and-fall accident is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. While some TBIs will show immediate symptoms, others may take days or longer to appear. Seeking medical treatment after an accident is highly recommended, even if you feel fine. Doctors have tests and evaluation methods to detect hidden injuries like TBIs.
Along with being checked out by a medical professional, it’s also wise to know the signs of a TBI, so you will know when to seek additional help.
Physical symptoms of a TBI
A TBI can create many different types of symptoms. Obviously, there will likely be physical symptoms caused by the injury, such as:
- Speech problems
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Sensory symptoms of TBI
You may also experience sensory symptoms with a TBI. This includes things like sensitivity to sound or light, changes in your ability to smell, consistent bad taste in your mouth, ringing in the ears and blurred vision.
Mental, behavioral or cognitive symptoms
Since a TBI impacts the brain, you may also lose consciousness, have issues sleeping, feel depressed, experience mood swings or have issues with your memory. Usually, symptoms will worsen as time passes.
Seek medical treatment for possible TBI
If you begin showing symptoms of a TBI, seek medical treatment right away. In these cases, medical documentation of the condition will also be beneficial if you choose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party in the accident to recover compensation.