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What are signs of a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After getting into a severe crash that resulted in a head injury, you want to keep an eye out for related brain injuries. These injuries can range from mild to extreme. But no matter what the level of severity, you should have a medical professional take a look.

Brain trauma to the extreme and severe degree can alter your life, though. Thus, it is important for you to understand the signs that might indicate one of these injuries.

Physical signs of TBIs

Mayo Clinic discusses the symptoms that can tip you off about a traumatic brain injury. The symptoms often come in physical, behavioral or mental form. Most likely, with TBIs, you will display symptoms in all three categories. But in some cases, you might only see symptoms in one or two.

Physical signs often appear the first and get noticed by others with the greatest speed. This can include nausea, vomiting, passing out, dizziness and piercing headaches that worsen over time. Other physical signs might include the leaking of clear fluids from the ears and nose. The victim’s pupils might also dilate to different sizes.

Mental and behavioral effects

Behaviorally, a victim may find themselves confused and scared. It is also common for victims to display aggressive and angry behavior. They may seem easy to agitate. They might not recognize their loved ones or surroundings, and might snap at them even if they do.

Mentally, a state of disorder and confusion is likely. The victim may not recall the incident leading up to the injury, or even where they are. Disorders of consciousness also occur, such as comas. Any of these signs indicate that immediate medical attention is necessary.