A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any type of brain injury that results from a sudden impact or jolt of the head. Traumatic brain injuries can result from almost any type of accident or collision – including auto accidents, boating accidents, and slips and falls.
How common are traumatic brain injuries? Each year, over a quarter million people are hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries, and more than 50,000 people die from TBI. However, the true number of TBI victims actually isn’t known. This is because far too many people suffering from traumatic brain injuries never seek necessary medical care.
How Can You Tell if You Have Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are many different forms of TBI, and in some cases, it can be difficult to tell if you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury. If you have recently been involved in an accident and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor for a thorough diagnosis as soon as possible.
25 Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
- Blurred vision
- Concentration problems
- Dilated pupils
- Feeling agitated or combative
- Feeling confused, disoriented, or “seeing stars”
- Feeling depressed
- Loss of balance
- Loss of consciousness due to the traumatic event
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Numbness in the fingers or toes
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep loss
- Sleeping more than usual
- Slurred speech
Important: The Severity of TBI Symptoms Can Vary
As an accident victim, it is important to understand that the severity of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can vary based upon both (i) the severity of the injury, and (ii) your personal characteristics.
For example, you do not need to suffer migraines or persistent headaches in order to show signs of TBI. In some cases, even a mild or “dull” headache can be symptomatic of a brain injury – particularly if it onsets shortly after the traumatic event. Similarly, while some TBI victims may find themselves feeling slightly more tired or fatigued than usual (usually a sign of a milder form of TBI), others may have difficulty waking up, even after prolonged periods of sleep (potentially a sign of a serious traumatic brain injury).
Seeking Medical Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you suspect that you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, as we mentioned above, it is important to seek medical treatment right away. If you aren’t sure where to go for help, the team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers can provide recommendations for doctors who can diagnose and treat your injury.
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