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Symptoms of TBI to watch out for after a car accident

With over 2.7 million people living in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, traffic accidents are bound to happen. Fortunately, many accidents are slight fender-benders where both parties walk away without injuries. However, some accidents are more severe. While you may not think that you sustained any serious injuries during an accident, you should seek medical attention If you experience any symptoms of TBI.

Traumatic brain injury

TBI stands for traumatic brain injury. This condition can be mild or severe depending on the circumstances of the car accident. When TBI is mild, it’s commonly referred to as a concussion. When symptoms may last for days, weeks or even longer, it’s considered more of a serious issue. It’s important to note that slower recovery is often expected for younger children, teens, older adults and those who have previously experienced a TBI.

Most common symptoms

Due to the nature of this type of injury, it can reveal itself through many different types of symptoms. The most common symptoms that people experience are difficulty thinking clearly, feelings of slowness and difficulty concentrating. On a physical level, patients may experience blurred vision, headaches, nausea, dizziness, balance problems and sensitivity to noise or light. When it comes to emotional symptoms, patients experience more emotion, anxiety, sadness and overall irritability. Lastly, sleeping more than usual or less than usual and having trouble falling asleep could also be symptoms of a TBI.

Symptoms of TBI may appear right away, or they may take days or weeks to show up after the injury actually occurs. If you notice a combination of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get a medical evaluation. Be sure to disclose the fact that the injury happened so that your doctor can make a proper diagnosis and order the correct tests. You may need a personal injury attorney’s help to get compensation for the medical bills.