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What are some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries are possible in car accidents. These injuries can cause a host of symptoms that can impact almost every system in the body. Cognitive function, sensory symptoms, and physical symptoms are all possible after a traumatic brain injury. For the people who are living with a TBI or have a loved one living with a TBI, understanding the symptoms might help.

Are the symptoms of TBIs universal?

The symptoms that people feel when they suffer from a TBI depends on the area of the brain that was injured, as well as the severity of the injury. It is possible that people with identical injuries might have some of the same symptoms, but they could also have some symptoms that differ.

When do the symptoms of a TBI appear?

The symptoms of a TBI can occur right away. That isn't always the case. It is possible for the symptoms of a TBI to show up hours or even days after the accident. This is why monitoring a person who has suffered a hit to the head is important.

What are some examples of symptoms that can occur after a TBI?

Headaches, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, depression, vomiting, loss of consciousness, coma, loss of coordination, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and dizziness are all possible symptoms of a TBI. In young children, a change in eating or nursing habits, a change in sleep habits, increased irritation, and a loss of interest in favorite activities can all be signs of a TBI.

If you suffered a hit to the head in an accident, you should probably seek out medical care. You might also decide that you want to seek compensation for the injury. This must be done within a certain amount of time, so take action swiftly if you want to pursue this option.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed Oct. 21, 2016

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