Sustaining an automobile accident can cause your head to impact a surface or jolt in such a way that causes damage to your brain. A traumatic brain injury can be serious enough to cause permanent disability or threaten your life, which is why recognizing signs of a possible TBI is crucial so you can seek treatment as soon as possible.
A TBI can manifest itself in various ways. As the Mayo Clinic points out, there are some general symptoms that just about any brain injury victim could manifest in the aftermath of an accident.
There are obvious physical symptoms of a TBI like bleeding from the head or a headache. Still, there are other symptoms you may experience afterward that might indicate a brain injury. You may feel tired frequently or have feelings of nausea which may lead to vomiting. A TBI can also affect your senses. Noise may sound louder to you or ordinary levels of light suddenly feel brighter.
Even if a TBI does not cause bleeding or physical problems, a brain injury can manifest by making it harder for you to carry out different cognitive functions. A traumatic brain injury can impair your ability to retain information, concentrate or multitask. It is also possible you may feel confused about where you are or what you are doing at the present moment. This could be dangerous if you are driving or operating machinery.
Sometimes emotional problems happen in concert with physical and cognitive disorders or you may just experience emotional issues without other symptoms. The experience of going through an auto accident or a traumatic event can create PTSD. You may feel anxious or nervous. You could have problems controlling your emotions, leading to periods of irritability or depression.
If you have experienced a recent blow to the head, ignoring these symptoms could be dangerous. There are more severe symptoms you could experience like fainting, seizures or entering a coma, any of which may endanger your life. Receiving a proper diagnosis could be what you need to preserve your life and health and set you on a path of recovery.