Traumatic brain injuries can affect California residents who have suffered head trauma. These catastrophic injuries can be temporary or permanent and mild or severe. Certain symptoms are common with traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow to the head or the skull being impaled by an object. They often develop after a car crash when the person’s head suffers trauma from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or window but can occur from falls or acts of violence as well.
Mild TBI symptoms
A TBI results in physical symptoms that could manifest moments or days after suffering. A person with a mild injury often gets dizzy, has balance problems and might feel fatigued. Headaches are a common problem after sustaining a TBI. You might also experience physical symptoms such as headache, nausea and vomiting and speech problems.
Mild TBIs also often result in sensitivity to light and sound, tinnitus and blurred vision. You might notice abrupt mood swings, disorientation and anxiety or depression. Sleeping problems are common as well and you might suffer insomnia or sleep too much.
Moderate to severe TBI symptoms
People who have moderate to severe TBIs have more serious symptoms that can appear hours to days after an accident. Worsening headaches, loss of consciousness and fluid drainage from the nose or ears are common. A person with a moderate to severe TBI often feels nauseous and vomits repeatedly. Sleep problems are common and they might have numbness or weakness in the fingers and toes.
Slurred speech, unusual behaviors like extreme anger, serious confusion and even coma can affect a person who has sustained a moderate or severe TBI. It’s also possible to experience seizures with such a serious injury. The pupils may also be dilated.
TBIs are serious even when they’re mild. Medical attention and treatment are the best way to recover.