The force of an accident can cause significant injuries. While some will be obvious right away, others may take some time to develop.
One injury that may not be apparent right after an accident is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. Because of how serious these injuries can be, it’s important to know the signs that may appear hours, days or even weeks after being involved in an accident.
Physical symptoms of a TBI
If you have experienced a TBI, you may experience physical symptoms. These include things like a loss of balance, dizziness, issues with your speech, fatigue, nausea and headache. Unfortunately, these symptoms are associated with other conditions, too, which is why seeking a medical evaluation after an accident is so important. A doctor can find any signs of a TBI and ensure treatment is started right away.
Sensory symptoms of a TBI
Along with physical symptoms of a TBI, you may also experience sensory symptoms. These include things like sensitivity to sound or light. Other sensory issues you may experience include a bad taste in your mouth, changes in what you can smell, ringing in your ears, and blurred vision.
Mental, behavioral or cognitive symptoms
Unfortunately, the list of symptoms of a TBI doesn’t stop there. You may also lose consciousness, be dazed or disoriented and experience concentration or memory issues. You may also have changes in your sleeping pattern, experience mood swings and feel depressed.
Protect your right to compensation after an accident
A TBI can cause short-and long-term issues. Because of how serious it can be, seeking medical treatment immediately after an accident is highly recommended. This will also help you prove your injuries and protect your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party.