Car crashes, or any type of motor vehicle accidents, are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. But the signs and symptoms of a TBI are not always apparent immediately following a traffic accident. The injured person may walk away reeling from the shock of the crash, with adrenaline coursing through his or her veins, unaware of the injuries sustained. If you have survived a car accident whether you hit your head or not, there are signs you want to look for to identify whether you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
What are the signs of a traumatic brain injury?
Some of the signs of traumatic brain injury according to Brainline.org include:
- Loss of consciousness or change of consciousness from a few seconds to a few hours
- Difficulty waking up the person who was hurt
- Unequal dilation of the pupils
- Fluid draining from nose and ears
- A new neurologic deficit: slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Problems concentrating
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Slowed response in thinking, speaking, acting or reading
Just because you may not have felt these or any other symptoms immediately following the accident does not mean that you have not suffered a serious brain injury.
Complications arising from an undiagnosed TBI
TBI can cause chronic health problems including:
- Severe headaches
- Inability to concentrate
- Personality changes
In more severe cases, a TBI can lead to:
- Brain death, which is the lack of measurable brain function from lack of blood flow.
- Coma, which can last a few days or weeks after which the person regains consciousness or a persistent vegetative state which continues indefinitely.
- Minimally conscious state, in which victims will present only some evidence that they are aware of their environment.
Regardless of whether you think you have been seriously injured, it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately following a motor vehicle crash – especially if you hit your head. If you intend to file an injury claim, medical records are critical to your case. Also, if you have suffered a serious brain injury, early diagnosis and treatment ensures a better outcome.
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