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Subtle signs of a traumatic brain injury

As the name suggests, traumatic brain injuries are ones that result in trauma to the brain. Falls rank as the highest cause of TBIs, with vehicular accidents also being a significant source, according to the CDC.

Not as traumatic as the causes and injuries, however, are the symptoms. Whether you suffer a severe blow to the head or a minor bump, TBI is not always apparent, sometimes taking days or even weeks to manifest itself. Know the warning signs to watch for in case a diagnosis is not readily clear.

Signs of traumatic brain injury

TBIs can range from mild to severe, and symptoms can depend on the severity of the injury. However, the most common signs no matter the type include:

  • Headaches and/or dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory changes and sensitivity
  • Mood swings
  • Problems with memory and/or concentration
  • Sleep issues

Loss of consciousness may or may not occur following injury. If the TBI is severe, additional symptoms may be loss of coordination, seizures, speech problems and other apparent negative changes. As these are more obvious, it is more important to look out for the subtler signs to ensure you do not overlook brain trauma.

Other effects of traumatic brain injuries

A TBI can affect more than just your immediate health. You may experience long-term difficulties with communication, cognitive abilities and emotional management. Brain injuries can also lead to an increased risk of stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. 

Because TBIs can be hard to catch and have such a tremendous effect on your life, you should always receive a medical examination after any type of accident or injury, not just falls and auto collisions. It is also important for financial reasons. TBIs come with high medical bills that you may not be able to pay. Seeking immediate care and speaking to a personal injury attorney are the best steps in pursuing compensation.

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