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What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

While cars these days are built with safety in mind, offering such features as safety belts, crumple zones and airbags, a serious car accident could still cause a person to suffer significant injuries. One serious injury that can occur is a traumatic brain injury. It is important for residents of Fullerton to understand the symptoms of such injuries so that the appropriate medical treatment can be applied as quickly as possible.

A mild TBI may actually go unnoticed immediately after the accident with symptoms not manifesting themselves for days. Some physical symptoms of a mild TBI include briefly losing consciousness or feeling dazed or confused. Some individuals may feel sleepy or have a headache. Nausea and vomiting are also symptoms of a mild TBI. Dizziness can be a symptom of a TBI, as can sleepiness or alternatively having problems sleeping. There may be sensory problems as well such as hearing a ringing tone, having blurry vision or having a bad taste in one's moth. Being extra-sensitive to light or noises may also indicate a mild TBI. Cognitively, a person with a mild TBI may have difficulty concentrating or remembering things, have mood swings or experience depression or anxiety.

A moderate to severe TBI can exhibit the above symptoms as well as some others. A moderate to severe TBI could knock a person unconscious for hours, cause a persistent headache and repeated bouts of nausea and vomiting. A person with a moderate to severe TBI may have seizures and one or both of the pupils of their eyes may be dilated. There may be clear fluid coming out of the individual's ears or nose. Moreover, their extremities may be weak or numb and they may be uncoordinated. Cognitively, an individual with a mild to moderate TBI might be profoundly confused or agitated. They may slur their speech or even fall into a coma.

IF a person suspects another individual has a TBI from a car wreck, he or she should seek medical help immediately. Unfortunately, the costs of treating a TBI and recovering from one can be high, and health insurance will not always cover everything. Therefore, those who suffered a TBI in a car accident that was not their fault may want to consider looking into the possibility of taking legal action.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed June 27, 2016

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