Suffering from a head injury after a motor vehicle accident can cause a number of other difficulties, as well. This includes the possibility of a traumatic brain injury or TBI.
Understanding how TBIs manifest is important for administering the correct treatment as promptly as possible.
Behavioral and emotional red flags
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take a look at the manifestation of traumatic brain injury in victims. Signs will often manifest in behavioral, physical and emotional symptoms, with many having overlaps.
Behaviorally or emotionally, victims will often lash out at those close to them. They may seem unusually aggressive or combative and may antagonize others for seemingly no reason. They could also seem easily overwhelmed by things they once managed well, including normal daily stressors. This might result in emotional breakdowns, which is one of the potential emotional red flags.
Other red flags can include a lack of control over impulses, especially if the TBI involved the frontal lobe. This is the area of the brain responsible for impulse control and management.
Physical signs of a TBI
Physically, victims will often experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, and even nerve damage at the start. This will usually worsen over time, especially if the victim does not get medical attention. If the brain swells, it can also lead to confusion, slurred speech, and trouble processing one’s surroundings.
In very severe cases, the physical signs will serve as the most immediate and apparent flags that something is extremely wrong. For example, a victim may fall into a coma or bleed from the nose or ears. Signs like this should warrant immediate medical action.