After a car accident, the types of injuries that are reported to insurance companies are commonly impact injuries readily apparent. However, traumatic brain injuries can take days or weeks to become apparent. Indeed, this is often why insurance companies seek to get their clients to settle their claims quickly before accident victims can consult with a doctor, specialist or attorney. Remember, it is okay to ask for help, and do not sign anything before consulting with a specialist and attorney.
Any blow or jolt to the head or body can cause a TBI, in addition to anything that penetrates the brain. This could be a car accident, slip and fall or any physical impact.
First, it is important to understand that TBI severity is a spectrum, and all TBIs should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Even mild TBIs can have severe effects on your quality of life.
Mild TBIs versus severe TBIs
Mild TBIs are generally, characterized by their temporary effects, with more-serious TBIs lasting much longer. The difference is that more-severe TBIs are the result of brain bruising, bleeding, torn tissue and other physical damage. Though, any TBI can cause long-term issues or even, death.
Common TBI symptoms
All of these common TBI symptoms can happen with mild to severe TBIs, so if you experience any of them after a Las Vegas, Nevada, accident, call your doctor immediately. The most common ailment is head, nausea and vomiting. Another common set of symptoms is drowsiness, general fatigue and speech issues. Sensory symptoms are also common, including trouble keeping your balance, light and sound sensitivity, blurred vision, odd tastes in your mouth, weird smells, etc.
Less common TBI symptoms
After a TBI, you may notice several cognitive, mental or behavioral symptoms. These can include losing consciousness, disorientation and a sense of confusion or being dazed. Memory loss, an inability to concentrate and mood swings can also be symptoms, among many others. It is always a good idea after an accident to go to a medical professional to check for a TBI, and then make sure treatment is included in your Las Vegas, Nevada, medical claim.