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Signs of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a car accident

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Personal Injury |

The type and severity of injuries in a car accident are unique from one case to another. while true, some injuries are more serious than others.

One that has some of the most severe consequences is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, you may not recognize you sustained a TBI directly after an accident because symptoms are often delayed.

Because the consequences of TBIs are often severe, knowing the signs and symptoms of this injury is essential. Here are some key indications of a TBI to watch for.

Physical symptoms

Following a car accident, physical signs of a TBI may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and loss of consciousness. Persistent fatigue, speech difficulties, ringing in the ears or blurred vision are also potential signs of brain trauma.

Cognitive and emotional changes

TBIs can impair cognitive functions, leading to memory problems, difficulty concentrating and slowed thinking. Emotional changes like mood swings, irritability, anxiety and depression may also emerge post-accident, often impacting daily functioning and quality of life.

Sensory and perceptual disturbances

Individuals who have sustained a TBI may experience sensory disturbances. Examples include a heightened sensitivity to light or sound or loss of taste and smell. Additionally, perceptual changes can occur, including difficulty with spatial awareness or understanding others’ speech.

Sleep disruptions

Disrupted sleep patterns are common in TBI patients. Symptoms may include insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness or irregular sleep-wake cycles. These disturbances can exacerbate other TBI symptoms and hinder recovery.

Motor dysfunction

Motor impairments following a TBI may include coordination problems, weakness in limbs, tremors or difficulty with fine motor tasks. These physical limitations can significantly impact daily activities and may require extensive rehabilitation.

Do not wait to seek medical treatment after a car accident. Signs and symptoms of a TBI can take time to show; however, medical professionals can find the injury and begin treatment immediately.