Being able to walk away from a car accident does not mean that you are unhurt. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be fatal injuries that have little or no visual signs after a crash. TBIs claim the lives of more than 50,000 Americans every year, and knowing the signs can make the difference in whether someone survives a car accident or not.
Part of what makes TBIs so deadly is that the signs of an injury can appear to be a mere consequence of the accident itself, causing the victim to dismiss symptoms and allow the injury to worsen. Some of these signs include:
If your brain has suffered a serious injury, your balance may be one of the first things to be affected. Trouble standing straight, feeling dizzy, and experiencing nausea can all be symptoms created by brain trauma.
Abnormal sleep patterns
An injured brain can have difficulties with sleep. Victims of a TBI can experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and can also suffer consequences like fainting, suddenly falling asleep at a moment’s notice, sleeping for much longer than normal, and having difficulty awakening.
Some people make the mistake of dismissing memory troubles as a minor complication of an accident, citing it as from being “in shock.” If a victim of an accident is having trouble remembering the events of the accident, recalling long-term memories, or even events from a few moments ago, a TBI may be to blame.
Headaches or migraines
This is perhaps the most telling sign of a TBI, and yet victims still may not connect their pain to the accident. When headache pain lasts for hours or days, it should be clear that a victim is not experiencing an ordinary migraine.
Don’t risk your health
The best way to treat a TBI is to identify it as soon as possible, and the first step toward doing that is to seek the attention of a skilled doctor. A physician will review your condition, run any necessary tests, and confirm if you are suffering from a TBI. The sooner you can verify your condition after an accident, the sooner you can get the life-saving treatment you need.