Motor vehicle accidents are common. So common, in fact, that it is likely that everyone reading this blog has been involved in one, and if you have not, it is only a matter of time until you are involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, what is also extremely common are the traumatic brain injuries that result from accidents.
Why are they so common?
TBIs are so common because they can result from any jolt to the body or head. And, since a hallmark of car crashes are jolts to the body, it is only natural that TBIs occur frequently.
How do I know if I have one?
The safest way to handle your health after an Appleton, Wisconsin car accident is to seek medical attention. Whether that is immediately with the ambulance, emergency room, urgent care or from your primary care physician, the most important thing is to get medically evaluated and treated, if needed. Though, there are common symptoms.
Physical TBI symptoms
Your immediate physical symptom could be a loss of consciousness, and for severe injuries, you could have liquid drain from your nose or ears. The most common symptom is a headache. Usually, it will quickly dissipate, and you will not notice anything further. However, if it persists or intensifies, you likely have a TBI.
Other common physical TBI symptoms include nausea (can include vomiting, but not necessarily), fatigue (could be severe or just drowsiness), communication problems (speech issues) and balance issues (dizziness, confusion, shock, etc.). You could also experience other sensory symptoms, like blurred vision, changes in smell, random tastes, ear ringing, and light and sound sensitivity.
Cognitive TBI symptoms
One of the most common cognitive TBI symptoms are anxiety and depression. You may also notice mood swings and memory and concentration issues. Remember, you do not have to suffer these alone. You can seek help, and these medical issues are compensable too.