Those who are involved in serious auto accidents may suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These can be very detrimental to a person’s quality of life, and they can potentially be fatal. It’s very important for those who have been injured to know what signs to look for and to seek medical attention if there is any chance that they may have a TBI. It’s always better to get a doctor’s opinion and guidance than to suffer consequences due to uncertainty.
Brain injury symptoms can vary widely depending on the location and severity of a particular kind of harm. Mild cases may result in subtle signs, while severe injuries can lead to profound and immediate changes in a person’s functioning. As a result, it’s generally a good idea to seek a medical evaluation after a crash because TBIs can manifest in so many different ways.
24 top symptoms
Every car crash is unique, as is every injury. The signs below are not a comprehensive list, but just some of the most common symptoms that may develop as a result of a TBI:
- Concussion: A common brain injury often causing dizziness, confusion and memory problems.
- Amnesia: Partial or total loss of memory.
- Headache: Persistent or severe headaches can follow head trauma.
- Nausea: Feeling queasy or vomiting.
- Fatigue: Excessive tiredness or exhaustion may persist for days or weeks.
- Dizziness: Feeling unsteady or lightheaded is a common symptom.
- Balance issues: Difficulty maintaining balance and coordination.
- Sensitivity to light: Photophobia or aversion to bright lights.
- Sensitivity to noise: Hyperacusis or heightened sensitivity to sounds.
- Slurred speech: Difficulty articulating words clearly.
- Confusion: Disorientation, trouble concentrating or memory lapses.
- Mood swings: Emotional instability or sudden mood changes.
- Irritability: Easily becoming annoyed or agitated.
- Depression: Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
- Anxiety: Excessive worry, fear or restlessness.
- Personality changes: Alterations in behavior or attitude.
- Difficulty sleeping: Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns.
- Difficulty speaking: Aphasia, trouble understanding or producing speech.
- Paralysis or weakness: Partial or complete loss of muscle function.
- Tremors: Involuntary shaking or trembling of limbs.
- Difficulty swallowing: Dysphagia, problems with eating and drinking.
- Changes in taste or smell: Altered perception of flavors or odors.
- Impaired motor skills: Difficulty with fine or gross motor movements.
- Cognitive deficits: Problems with thinking, problem-solving and reasoning.
Those who have suffered from TBIs may need expensive medical treatment, may experience a reduction in their earnings and may have symptoms that last for a long time. As a result, those who may be in a position to hold others accountable for negligently causing their harm can generally benefit from seeking legal guidance.