What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a jolt or blow to the head, forcing the brain to collide with the skull’s hard bone. While TBIs can range from mild to severe, regardless of the severity, it’s incredibly critical to receive medical attention promptly after a motor vehicle crash, even if you aren’t showing any symptoms. Here’s why.
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Some Brain Injury Symtpoms Can Be Delayed
Just because you may be feeling fine after a car crash doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered a traumatic brain injury. Some symptoms may take days or weeks to show up after an accident. Here are some delayed symptoms to watch out for:
Mild TBI Delayed Symptoms
- Feeling fatigued.
- Feeling depressed.
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
- Loss of balance.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Memory issues/loss.
- Changes in the sense of taste or smell.
- Mood swings.
- Lack of attention/concentration.
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Moderate to Severe TBI Delayed Symptoms
- Spinal fluid leaks out of the ears and nose.
- Emotional issues.
- Unable to speak or think clearly.
- Numbness in the limbs.
- Seizure episodes.
Seeking medical attention immediately after a serious car crash can help limit the risk of a brain injury worsening.
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Sustained a TBI After an Accident? We are Here for You
Being involved in a traffic crash that caused a traumatic brain injury can lead to long-term devastating consequences. Not only can it be physically challenging, but a TBI can also be mentally and financially challenging. From doctors’ visits and medication to treatments and therapies, the financial burdens can take a tremendous toll on victims and their families. Know that you are not alone. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, we are in your corner.