After a crash, certain types of injuries will surface more often than others. Among them include injuries to the neck, back, spine, head and brain. Any of these injuries can do serious damage, but brain injuries often pose one of the biggest immediate threats.
In specific, traumatic brain injuries can have the biggest impact on your overall health. Thus, it is important to know what signs to keep an eye out for.
Physical signs of TBI impact
Mayo Clinic discusses the potential impact of a traumatic brain injury on victims. These injuries – also referred to as TBIs – often show up immediately and in a noticeable way. This is especially true of physical signs. In particular, you will likely notice a disordered consciousness as this often involves the victim passing out, blacking out or even slipping into a coma. You might notice clear fluids draining from the ears or nose, along with uneven pupil dilation.
Changes to behavior and temperament
With a TBI, the victim’s temperament and behavior often change in a notable way, too. They often grow agitated and may even get aggressive. Many insist that they do not need medical attention and might lash out at those who attempt to get them to seek it out. Due to short term memory damage, confusion and memory loss also happen often. Victims who cannot remember what happened sometimes panic, which can lead to anxiety attacks and other forms of stressor-related issues.
Any outward signs of a brain injury should get taken seriously. Victims should see a medical professional regardless of how “serious” these signs seem. But the more intense and severe ones should get looked at first.