In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, you may find yourself in shock. You may, too, experience an uncharacteristic rush of adrenaline that may make it more difficult for you to tell if you suffered an injury. Traumatic brain injuries often occur in high-impact car crashes, and while some signs of TBI may seem readily apparent, others may prove harder to identify. Others, yet, may not show up until hours or even days after your car crash.
The more you know about how to identify the signs of a TBI, the better your chances of recognizing you have one and securing prompt and proper treatment. What are some key signs associated with TBIs?
Common signs of mild TBI
If you suffer a TBI in a car crash that is mild in nature, you may lose consciousness for up to a couple of minutes. You may also find that you have trouble speaking or sleeping, or that you have higher-than-normal levels of fatigue or nausea. A persistent headache, memory or mood changes, or sensitivity to light or sound may also indicate that you have a mild TBI.
Common signs of a moderate or severe TBI
More serious TBIs may mean longer periods of unconsciousness following the incidents that caused them. In addition to the symptoms associated with mild TBI, you may also start having convulsions or seizures following a serious TBI. You may also see clear fluids drain from your mouth or nose, or you may find your pupils dilated, among other common indications.