How to identify the signs of traumatic brain injury
Whether you have been involved in a minor fender bender or a more serious accident, you may have received a traumatic brain injury. Car accidents are the second leading cause of TBI hospitalizations in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports that a surprising 2.8 million people were hospitalized, killed or visited the emergency room after suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries are caused when a sudden impact to the head causes the soft tissue of the brain to hit against the skull bone. The tissue may become bruised, inflamed or begin to bleed. It is critical to know the signs and symptoms of a TBI so you can seek medical attention. While the symptoms of a brain injury depend on the severity of the impact as well as the area of the damage, some common signs of mild to moderate brain injuries include the following:
Nausea and vomiting
Persistent headaches, which increase in intensity
Muscle weakness and tingling in the extremities
Lightheadedness, dizziness and confusion
Blurry vision and/or trouble hearing
TBI can cause fatigue, sleeping problems, confusion, seizures, slurred speech, mood swings and agitation.
People who receive brain injuries may have trouble going back to work and could suffer severe, long-lasting problems as a result of the damage. Seeking medical attention as soon as possible is critical as physicians may be able stop further inflammation of the brain.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.