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Recognizing Immediate Symptoms of a TBI Post-Accident

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading concern following car accidents. These injuries arise from the sudden forces exerted on the head during a collision. The impact can cause the brain to rotate or strike the skull's interior, damaging tissues and disrupting neural connections.

If you suffer a TBI in an accident, you may experience a range of symptoms depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Below, we discuss symptoms of a TBI you should be watchful for following a crash.

Loss of Consciousness: Brief or Extended

When an individual is involved in a car accident, one of the most alarming signs of a possible traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the loss of consciousness. This can range from a momentary blackout to an extended period of unconsciousness.

The duration of unconsciousness often provides medical professionals with a preliminary gauge of the injury's severity. A brief loss of consciousness might suggest a mild TBI, commonly known as a concussion, whereas a prolonged state could indicate a more serious injury. Any level of unconsciousness after an accident warrants immediate medical attention, as it can be a precursor to more severe complications.

Disorientation & Confusion

Even if you do not lose consciousness, being disoriented or dazed after an accident is equally concerning. This confusion can manifest in various ways, such as:

  • Difficulty in recognizing familiar places
  • Trouble with speaking coherently
  • Inability to recall recent events

Persistent Headaches & Migraines

One of the most common physical symptoms reported by those who have sustained a TBI is the onset of persistent headaches or migraines. These are not your typical tension headaches; they can be debilitating and persistent, often resistant to over-the-counter pain medication.

Sleep Disturbances & Fatigue

Another physical sign that may indicate a TBI is a change in sleep patterns. Victims may find themselves unable to sleep (insomnia), or conversely, they might sleep excessively (hypersomnia). Additionally, overwhelming fatigue during waking hours is common, even when adequate rest is achieved.

Concentration & Memory Issues

The aftermath of a TBI often extends beyond physical symptoms, and one of the most challenging aspects for survivors is grappling with concentration and memory issues. These problems can range from mild forgetfulness to severe amnesia, and they can severely disrupt daily activities and work responsibilities.

Mood Swings & Personality Changes

Equally important to recognize are the emotional and behavioral changes that can occur following a TBI. Mood swings, uncharacteristic irritability, depression, or even a shift in personality can be alarming to both the individual and their family. These symptoms can be a manifestation of the brain's struggle to cope with the trauma it has endured.

Parents should also be aware children also exhibit the same symptoms (i.e., changes in sleep habits, sad mood, drowsiness, loss of interest in favorite activities, irritability, etc.) when suffering from a TBI. However, this symptom of mood swings may manifest slightly differently, and your child may persistently cry or be inconsolable.

Importance of Immediate Medical Evaluation

Immediate medical evaluation after a car accident is crucial, particularly if a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is suspected. Timely diagnosis and treatment can greatly influence the outcome and recovery process, and medical professionals can assess the extent of the injury, provide needed interventions, and set a course for rehabilitation. Early intervention can also be crucial in documenting the injury, which can be important when seeking compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Get Legal Counsel

In the wake of a car accident understanding your legal rights and options is essential. The financial burden of medical bills, potential loss of income, and the need for long-term care can be overwhelming. Navigating the legal steps post-injury with the counsel of a knowledgeable attorney can help ensure that you or your loved one receives the compensation deserved.

The team at Zayas Law Firm is here to provide the legal assistance you need. Reach out to us for a consultation, and let us help you take the first step towards securing your future after a traumatic brain injury.

Call (860) 854-9156 to get started on your case.

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