The phrase “traumatic brain injury,” or TBI, conjures images of something, well, traumatic. However, it doesn’t take an extreme act of violence or a high-speed collision for a person to suffer from a TBI.
Any type of blow to the head can result in a TBI. In fact, the cases involving a relatively low impact are arguably the most dangerous. A person may not become aware of TBI symptoms for days or even weeks following the accident. In some cases, the damage may result in the victim not even realizing anything is wrong. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the signs of a TBI.
Common physical symptoms
A TBI can manifest itself physically in several ways. Some common physical symptoms may include:
- A brief loss of consciousness at the time of the impact
- Disorientation or confusion
- Nausea or vomiting
- A desire to go to sleep
Symptoms can vary from person to person. Remember that some symptoms may take some time to show up. You shouldn’t assume that you’re fine just because you feel fine immediately following a blow to the head.
Cognitive changes may also occur
A person’s cognitive behaviors may also change following a blow to the head. Mood swings, failing to understand things in context, and outright behavioral shifts are all possible side effects of a TBI. Often, the victim may not sense anything is wrong. If you notice a marked change in a loved one or a coworker who has suffered head trauma, you should urge them to seek medical help.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution
Whether you have been struck in the head as the result of a car accident or have been hurt in a workplace accident, you should always take a cautionary approach to a possible TBI. Get medical attention as soon as possible. Waiting until symptoms appear can limit your treatment options and may even prove fatal. Once you have received medical treatment, you should explore your options for possible compensation with the help of a skilled legal professional.