If you were involved in an accident in New Jersey that resulted in trauma to your head, keep an eye out for symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. The symptoms of TBI typically do not appear for days or even weeks following the incident, and they may continue to develop for years afterward. Brainline details what signs to look for, especially during the first 24 hours after an accident.
Because every person’s brain is different, every TBI victim will experience different symptoms. However, there are a few common signs of TBI of which you want to be aware. For instance, you may lose consciousness anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours immediately following the incident. After coming to, you may go through convulsions or seizures, be hard to wake up or exhibit unequal dilation of the pupils. You may be nauseous or vomit and clear fluids may drain out of your ears or nose. It is not uncommon for TBI victims to experience weakness of the limbs or face, slurred speech or loss of balance.
In addition to the common symptoms, you may experience not-so-common symptoms of TBI as well. Brainline warns those involved in accidents recently to lookout for chronic headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, sensory issues, a bad taste in the mouth and a loss of sense of smell or taste. You may also notice you are uncharacteristically sensitive to lights and sounds, are easily agitated, become angry or sad for no reason or experience feelings of anxiety or depression.
Many TBI victims also cite feeling drowsy for no reason and having no energy or motivation. You may also experience changes in sleep patterns or become difficult to wake up, when before you would wake with ease.
You may also have problems concentrating, remembering events or making decisions. Your thinking may be slower, as well as your reading, speaking or reaction times.
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