After any accident, whether it is a slip and fall, car accident, truck accident, etc., there is a chance of serious injuries. These serious injuries include traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, TBIs often go unnoticed and undiagnosed because TBIs are internal injuries, often, not visible to the naked eye.
The TBI spectrum
Like any injury, TBIs are on a spectrum from minor to severe. However, any TBI can have long-lasting effects. This is why you should always see a doctor after an accident, even a minor car accident or fall. Medical professionals are trained to identify and diagnose TBIs and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Physical TBI symptoms
Immediately after the Santa Ana, California, impact, you may feel a headache. This could be followed up by nausea or vomiting. You may also begin having problems with speech or keeping your balance. You may also feel dizzy. Sensory problems are also common, which include an inability to smell or mystery smells. You may, similarly, experience odd tastes, ringing ears and blurred vision, including light and sound sensitivity.
Mental TBI symptoms
Sleep and consciousness issues are also hallmarks of a TBI for Californians. This includes an inability to sleep, but it can also include an inability to stay awake, persistent drowsiness and fatigue. You may also experience severe mood changes that may not make any sense, and other behavioral, cognitive and mental symptoms, including memory loss, an inability to concentrate and trouble with memory. Mood swings can also include depression and anxiousness, including panic attacks.
Severe TBI symptoms
Loss of consciousness for long periods, convulsions and seizures are examples of severe TBI symptoms, as are pupil dilation and the draining of clear fluid from the ears and nose. Additional severe TBI symptoms include numb and weak appendages and digits, coordination loss, profound confusion, slurred speech and combativeness. For Santa Ana, California, accident victims experiencing such severe symptoms should call 9-1-1 immediately.