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Know the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury After an Accident

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

After a car accident, slip and fall accident, or any other accident, serious injuries are common, especially when you have hit your head hard. You may have sustained several broken bones during the accident, or know that you’ve seriously injured your back. However, there are some injuries that are not as obvious. This is often the case with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).


TBIs are not only some of the most serious injuries that people can sustain in car accidents, but they’re also very common. According to the CDC, during the years between 2006 and 2014, the amount of TBI-related emergency department visits in the United States increased by 53 percent. The problem is that the number of accident victims suffering from TBIs is likely far higher because this injury type is often difficult to detect. Sometimes, symptoms either don’t show up, or aren't noticed, for days or weeks following an accident. This can drastically delay recovery. It’s for this reason that everyone should know the signs to look for after they have been hit on the head in an accident.


Signs and Symptoms of a TBI


When you know the signs and symptoms of a TBI, you can tell your doctor about them right away. This allows your doctor to alter their course of treatment if necessary, and get you back to your best life sooner than if you left the injuries untreated. The most common signs of a TBI include:

  • Headache

  • Forgetfulness

  • Confusion

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness or vertigo

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Nausea, with or without vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Loss of consciousness

When an individual is suffering from a brain injury, they may not have the ability to communicate their symptoms to anyone else. Due to this, those around the accident victim can look for certain behaviors that may indicate a TBI. These include:

  • Extreme fatigue, perhaps even falling asleep in odd locations, such as work

  • Slurred speech

  • Inappropriately loud speech

  • Confusion

  • Delayed reactions

  • Problems with balance and motor functions

  • Sudden bursts of crying

  • Increased irritability

  • Vomiting

  • Behavior that is not consistent with the individual’s character

In addition to knowing how to recognize when you’ve suffered a TBI, it’s just as important that you know what to do about it.


What to Do After You Hit Your Head in an Accident


At the first sign of an injury after an accident, it’s important to seek medical treatment. This is not only to treat your injury and get back to your best health right away, but also because failing to do so could give the insurance company an excuse to not cover your medical expenses. A jury or insurance company may think you’re not that hurt if you didn’t see a doctor, and so they may deny compensation. On the other hand, medical reports and other documents can also serve as evidence in a personal injury claim.


Of course, any personal injury claim is not as important as getting the treatment you need immediately. TBIs, if left untreated, can become very serious and can have long-lasting effects. Sometimes, people sustain TBIs but they don’t show any signs and symptoms at all. This is why it’s so important that all accident victims visit a doctor shortly after the incident. A doctor will perform a full examination knowing what to look for, diagnose any head injuries, and then prescribe proper treatment.


What Not to Do After You've Suffered a Concussion in an Accident


Anyone who has lost consciousness during or immediately after a car wreck or accident should report it to their doctor or to the staff at the emergency room. Doing the following can cause more damage or may delay your recovery after a concussion:

  • Physical Exercise: An increased heart rate may worsen your concussion symptoms after your head has been hit hard.

  • Mental Activities: Reading, computer work, video games, texting, or watching TV can be detrimental to your recovery after a traumatic brain injury and you should limit or avoid these activities immediately after a concussion.

  • Driving: After a concussion your reaction time can be limited and driving with limited reaction capacity is extremely dangerous.

  • Pain Relievers: Taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications may increase your risk of bleeding, and internal bleeding in the head, mask symptoms, and me lead to worsening symptoms once the medication has worn off.


Get Help from a Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer After a TBI


Hearing the diagnosis that you’ve sustained a concussion or a traumatic brain injury is a frightening time. You’re unsure of the future, and whether or not you’ll be able to do the things you once loved. A personal injury lawyer in Kentucky can help.


If you’ve been in an accident and think you may have sustained a TBI or any other injury, contact Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300. We want to help you get back to your best life as soon as possible, and we’ll help you secure compensation that allows you to do just that. Don’t try to take on the insurance company or the other driver on your own. Call us today or fill out our online form for your free case evaluation.