In some senses, it’s dangerous to consider any traumatic brain injury (TBI) to be less than serious. Technically, someone can have a mild TBI. However, it should still be checked out by medical professionals to determine the severity, and people who have been injured should never assume that their brain injury isn’t serious. The brain is simply too critical and fragile to make this type of assumption.
But if you’ve been injured, how do you know if you’re suffering from a TBI? It may be a closed injury, meaning there’s no external evidence that you’ve been injured. As such, the key is to consider the different symptoms that may develop after the injury.
10 possible symptoms
Every brain injury is unique, and the symptoms that someone sees may depend on the part of the brain that suffered that injury and how severe it was. But here are 10 potential symptoms that may show up:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Increased confusion.
- Clumsy movement.
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities.
- Trouble falling asleep or waking up.
- A headache that persists and even gets worse.
- Trouble with vision, such as the loss of vision.
- Slurred speech.
- Nausea or repeated vomiting.
- Enlarged or dilated pupils
These symptoms could arise after a car accident, where you strike your head on the dash, or after a slip and fall accident if your head strikes the ground when you fall. If you do see these serious symptoms, especially if they’re getting worse, be sure you talk to medical professionals. This type of medical care can be expensive, which is why you also need to look into your rights to seek financial compensation from the person who is responsible for the injury.