A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most severe and concerning injuries that a person can sustain. Any head trauma, even if a resulting injury appears closed, could lead to a TBI.
In certain instances, the consequences of brain injuries may exacerbate over time, underscoring the critical need for swift medical attention. Consequently, individuals should familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms that could signal the presence of a brain injury. If they quickly recognize that they or a loved one may have sustained a TBI and seek an accurate diagnosis and treatment right away, they may increase the odds of significant healing.
10 (primary) possible TBI symptoms
It’s important to note that each brain injury is distinctive, depending on factors like the specific brain region that was affected and the severity of the TBI itself. However, there are ten potential symptoms to watch for that manifest most commonly in TBI victims:
- A slight tingling, a loss of sensation or a complete numbness in the extremities.
- Trouble speaking or only doing so with notably slurred speech.
- Changes of an emotional nature, such as increased irritability, confusion and agitation.
- Experiencing symptoms usually associated with illness, such as nausea and vomiting.
- Having a migraine or a headache that does not fade and only intensifies over time.
- Changes to sleep patterns, like trouble falling asleep or difficulty waking up.
- A lack of coordination, such as when a person suddenly seems much more clumsy than usual.
- Suffering from seizures or similar convulsions and involuntary reactions.
- A reduction in vision – or a complete loss of vision – sometimes in one eye but perhaps in both.
- A loss of consciousness, even if it is just for a few minutes or even a few seconds.
It’s also vital to monitor the ways in which any symptoms change and develop. Degenerating quickly requires an emergency response.
Necessary treatment can be expensive. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence or intentional conduct, you’ll want to seek legal guidance to explore your options and the possibility that you may be entitled to significant compensation at this time.