After a car crash or a severe fall, the people involved may seem uninjured. However, the true extent of their injuries may not appear until hours, days or weeks after the accident.
This is especially true of concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While some symptoms like loss of consciousness may be immediately apparent, other symptoms of these severe injuries may take time to develop. What symptoms should accident victims look for?
While stress may make it difficult for injury victims to focus, some cognitive concerns could be a sign that something more serious has occurred. Continued memory issues, difficulty concentrating, mood swings or irritability could all be signs of an underlying injury to the brain.
After hitting their head, many people experience pain or bruising. However, persistent headaches or the feeling of pressure in the head could indicate that the brain has been injured in an accident.
While stressful events may leave victims exhausted or too stressed to sleep, prolonged difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual may be a sign of a TBI.
Sometimes, brain injuries reveal themselves through changes to victims’ senses. This can include the loss of the sense of taste or smell, bitter tastes or unpleasant smells without cause, tingling or pain in the skin, double vision or ringing in the ears.
While they may be attributable to other injuries suffered in an accident, weakness, numbness or loss of coordination can all stem from injuries to the brain.
Because these symptoms may not appear for days after an accident, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible after you experience them. Receiving treatment prevents your injuries from growing worse and help you recover from these serious accidents.