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The hidden signs of traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Sep 5, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many car accident injuries will be readily apparent in the minutes and hours following your wreck. While these injuries can be severe and require extensive medical treatment, there are also several medical conditions that won’t immediately present themselves. Because of this, you need to be aware of some of the signs and symptoms of these hidden conditions so that you can secure appropriate and effective medical treatment.

By identifying these conditions, you might also recover the full amount of compensation that you deserve.

Although there are several medical conditions that might delay in their presentation, one of the most severe is a traumatic brain injury. So, this week, let’s briefly look at some of the signs of a traumatic brain injury.

The hidden signs of a traumatic brain injury

There are many signs of a traumatic brain injury, but sometimes they’re difficult to spot. By keeping the following symptoms in mind, though, you might be inclined to seek out medical treatment more quickly, which could better position you to protect your overall health:

  • Mental fatigue: We all get tired as the day wears on, especially if we’re extremely focused for a significant period of time. But if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, then you might find yourself fatigued more easily and more often. This can negatively impact your concentration and memory. So, if you’ve noticed a significant change in your mental stamina after a car accident, then it might be time to get evaluated for a traumatic brain injury.
  • Changes to your personality: A blow to the head suffered in a car accident can change the composition of your brain, thereby leading to personality changes. You might become short-tempered and irritable, or you might become disinterested in the things that you once loved. Although it might be hard for you to notice these changes, your loved ones will be able to pick up on them pretty easily, so you can ask them if they’ve noticed any changes.
  • Speech difficulties: Some brain injury sufferers exhibit speech problems. Their speech might become slurred, or they may struggle to speak altogether.
  • Loss if inhibition: If a certain part of your brain is damaged, then you might lose your inhibitions. As a result, others might perceive you as rude or condescending, as you’ll tend to make statements without thinking through how they’ll be taken by others. You might also struggle to pick up social cues, which can lead to some awkward interactions. Try not to feel too bad about these instances. After all, this is all the result of a wrong that was done to you.
  • Loss of sense of humor: A traumatic brain injury changes the way your brain processes information. As a result, you might become unable to process nuances that create humor in our everyday interactions. You might find yourself taking certain phrases literally when they’re not meant to be, which could be an abrupt shift in your personality.

Find effective ways to cope with your traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can reshape your life. But you can take action to minimize it. To do so, be aware of the symptoms that you’re exhibiting and seek out treatment if you suspect that you’ve truly suffered a traumatic brain injury. Also, follow all of your doctor’s recommendations so that you have the best chance possible of recovering from your injury.

You also can’t overlook the value of a personal injury lawsuit. A successful claim can lead to the recovery of compensation, which in turn can provide you with the financial stability that you need to focus on your recovery.