A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious injuries that you can suffer in a car accident. That being said, there is a wide range of severity. A simple concussion can qualify as a TBI, as can an issue that puts you into a coma for weeks or even months on end.
The key is to take every traumatic brain injury just as seriously and to seek medical help if you have any symptoms. It is often hard for an individual to know how severe their injury truly is, and there could be other complications – such as bleeding on the brain – that can make things worse.
What symptoms should you look for if you’re concerned about a TBI?
The below is not medical advice and you absolutely need to talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about a TBI. That said, some of the symptoms you may want to look for include the following:
- A feeling of nausea
- Repeated vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Headaches that persist or get worse
- Pupil dilation
- Trouble waking up or falling asleep
- Any type of clear fluid drainage from the ears or the nose
- The onset of seizures and convulsions
- Profound levels of confusion and disorientation
- Slurred speech
- Suddenly becoming irritable, combative or agitated
- A pronounced loss of coordination
- A feeling of weakness in the limbs, the toes and/or the fingers
Perhaps the main sign of a traumatic brain injury is the loss of consciousness. Any time that you lose consciousness, even if it’s just for a few seconds, you have suffered some level of brain injury. Make sure that you take the proper steps to get medical treatment, and then begin looking into all of your options to seek compensation for that treatment from the driver who caused the crash.