When you sustain a sudden, severe jolt to your head in a car accident or another accident, you could have a traumatic brain injury. These injuries are common and can lead to short and long-term problems that often prohibit victims from returning to their normal life.
According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 2.5 million people sustain a brain injury every year. You could have a TBI if you notice any of these sensory, physical or cognitive symptoms.
Common sensory symptoms following a brain injury include a ringing sound in your ears, blurred vision, changes in your ability to smell and a bad taste in your mouth. You may also become sensitive to loud noises or bright lights.
You may have a headache that will not go away, repeated vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness and problems speaking if you have a brain injury. Following the injurious accident, you may also feel dizzy or lose your balance, particularly when you stand or sit for long periods of time.
If you have a TBI, you may lose consciousness for a few seconds up to a few minutes. You may also experience mood changes, have trouble sleeping, have problems concentrating and feel disoriented.
Some of your symptoms may show up immediately following the accident, while others may take days or even weeks to present themselves. Seek emergency medical care if your symptoms intensify, you consistently lose consciousness or your headache gets worse.
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