Car accidents can cause a range of physical traumas, including traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, it may take time for you to determine if you or a loved one suffered a TBI following a crash. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms so that you can reach out for treatment if necessary.
According to the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, there are several TBI symptoms to watch for, including some that do not show up for days or even weeks following an accident.
Mild TBI symptoms
The majority of traumatic brain injuries that occur are mild, and they are often caused by a blow to the head or a sudden jolt to the body that makes the head and brain move back and forth quickly. The most common symptoms of a mild TBI include dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, headache, confusion, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, or minor behavior or mood changes. Even mild TBIs can be serious, so it is important to seek medical treatment if you exhibit any of these symptoms after a car wreck.
Moderate to severe TBI symptoms
The symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI are similar to the symptoms of a mild injury, but they are often more pronounced. They may include loss of vision, convulsions, increasing headaches that will not subside, numbness in the arms and legs, increasing confusion or agitation, or slurred speech.
Even if you do not show any symptoms of a TBI after you get in a car accident, you should get medical attention. Symptoms sometimes show up well after the accident.