What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

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After you get injured, it is important that you see a medical professional immediately. While you may think that your injuries are minor, many serious medical problems initially have only minor symptoms or even no symptoms at all. One of these is traumatic brain injury (TBI).

TBI is often caused by car accidents. It can also be caused by other incidents such as a violent slip and fall, incident at work, or amusement park accident. In any case, if you experience a violent jolt or blow to a head, you should get checked for TBI.

Below are the signs and symptoms of TBI. If you experience any of them, you should visit a hospital immediately.

Common Immediate Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Immediate symptoms of TBI may seem minor to those who experience them. However, any head injuries should not be taken lightly.

Common immediate symptoms of TBI include:

  • Headache. This is the most common symptom of TBI and often feels like extreme pressure in your head.

  • Confusion. This may result in memory loss, a dazed feeling, disorientation, and a delayed response to questions.

  • Speech problems. Sufferers of TBI may have slurred speech or difficulty forming words.

  • Loss of consciousness. This may last anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, depending on the severity of the brain injury.

  • Nausea or vomiting.

  • Ringing in the ears.

Delayed Symptoms of TBI

The immediate symptoms of TBI may be minor, but the delayed symptoms are quite serious. Some of these symptoms are worsened versions of the immediate symptoms. Delayed symptoms of TBI include:

  • Sensory sensitivities. Blurred vision, sensitivity to sound, sensitivity to light, or changes in how someone tastes may all occur following an accident or other traumatic event.

  • Continued memory loss. Right after an accident, confusion may lead to a temporary loss of memory. However, if someone continues to lose their long or short-term memory, it may be due to a traumatic injury to the head.

  • Sleep problems. Difficulty sleeping or difficulty waking up may indicate a brain injury.

  • Mood changes or mood swings. Personality and emotions are formed in the brain. A person may experience mood swings after a TBI, or their personality and mood may change completely. Those close to them may notice that a person with a TBI seems like a completely different person.

  • Depression or anxiety. The aforementioned changes to the brain may cause a person to develop depression or anxiety after a TBI.

  • Seizures. If a person never experienced seizures before an incident but they experience them afterwards, there is a good chance that they are suffering from a TBI.

  • Loss of coordination. A bit of disorientation is common after an accident, but if loss of coordination persists, it is likely due to a TBI.

  • Coma. This is one of the biggest concerns after a traumatic event. Comas often do not occur right after an incident; they are much more likely to develop further down the line. It is imperative to seek medical attention after a traumatic event to make sure that you do not end up slipping into a coma.

If you or a loved one suffered from a TBI following a car accident, slip and fall, or other incident, contact Branch & Dhillon, P.C. Their experienced personal injury attorneys will make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for the medical bills you accrue after an injury. For more information on how they can help you after you suffer from an injury, contact their office today and schedule a free consultation.