If you suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a motor vehicle accident, it’s very important to understand what signs to look for. These types of injuries need immediate medical treatment and they can often get worse over time. Moving quickly is important, and that means diagnosing the ailment as soon as possible.
Now, it is true that traumatic brain injuries can be different from one individual to the next, but there are still some general symptoms that you can look for. Let’s consider a few of them below.
Physical symptoms that people see often involve motor skills. You may have trouble balancing or doing things that take a fine level of control. People sometimes find it difficult to walk or even speak after a TBI. These physical issues may clear up over time, but it depends on a lot of factors – the severity of the injury, the treatment you get, etc.
You may also run into cognitive or mental issues, such as confusion or mental fog. Some people report feeling confused, disoriented or irritable. Family members may also point out that someone has a different personality than they did before the injury. This can be harder for the injured individual to even recognize, but a spouse or a parent can tell.
It’s also very common for people to lose their memories of the event. You may not remember the traumatic brain injury itself, and you may even lose memories that happened around that injury. People often wake up in the hospital and their last memory is just driving safely or getting into the car at home.
What should you do?
If you identify some of these symptoms – or any others – and determine that you may have a traumatic brain injury, then you need to know how to quickly seek the type of medical care that is necessary. Since this medical care can be very expensive, you also need to know how to seek financial compensation from the party who was responsible.