After getting in a wreck with a commercial truck or another vehicle, you may consider yourself lucky to walk away with only scrapes and bruises. The fact of the matter is that you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) without even realizing it. When a victim is not able to identify their trauma, it can have fatal results.
Fifty thousand people die from TBIs each year in the United States. The likelihood of surviving a TBI depends on how soon you get to a hospital. Knowing the signs of a TBI can help you seek the medical attention that may save your life, so what are symptoms of a TBI?
Spotting the symptoms
Because the brain controls the body, symptoms of a TBI can manifest in many different ways. Some symptoms can even appear as innocent issues, even though they are forecasting something far worse. Signs of TBI include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Light sensitivity
- Slurred speech
- Memory issues
- Mood swings
Some signs of a TBI, like a headache, can seem innocent. While fatigue by itself is not likely to be a sign of something worse, it can be if it appears after a car wreck. Overlooking or underestimating signals can cost you your life, so do not take chances with your symptoms.
Always seek medical attention after an accident
No matter how lucky you think you may be after a wreck, see a doctor. A doctor can confirm if you are suffering a TBI or any other hidden injury, and give you the treatment you need to stay alive.