Getting in an accident is scary for everyone involved but even more so when someone gets injured. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury in a car wreck, it is important to know the signs of a traumatic brain injury.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a TBI occurs when a “sudden movement of the head and brain … cause(s) the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, injuring brain cells, breaking blood vessels and creating chemical changes.” A motor vehicle accident creates great force, so a TBI is not uncommon in victims.
Someone with a TBI may exhibit the following physical symptoms:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
These signs do not have to be present for you to seek medical care. Any blow to the head should get treated immediately.
Some TBI victims also have the following emotional symptoms related to their injury:
- Increased anxiety
While these are common emotions after an accident, a noted increases can be cause for concern.
Sleep issues can arise following a TBI, so if you notice any of the following, get medical attention quickly:
- Sleeping a lot
- Sleeping too little
- Trouble getting to sleep
Victims who suddenly have a hard time with their short- or long-term memory, as well as difficulty concentrating, should seek treatment for a TBI.
A traumatic brain injury is serious and care should occur as soon as possible. Early detection can help with a better prognosis.