If you or someone you love was recently involved in an accident on Lafayette’s roadways, you may have concerns about the extent of your injuries. Unfortunately, brain injuries can often go undetected until irreversible damage has occurred.
While any brain injury is a serious issue, traumatic brain injuries fall into two categories: mild and moderate to severe. Understanding the signs and symptoms of each brain injury category can help you or your loved one take the right steps to prevent an accident from turning tragic.
Mild brain injury symptoms
A mild brain injury can cause a host of physical, sensory, behavioral, mental and emotional symptoms, such as the following:
- Confusion or loss of consciousness
- Headache, dizziness, nausea or throwing up
- Poor concentration or mood changes
- Sleeping problems or extreme tiredness
- Blurry vision or light sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears or noise sensitivity
Moderate to severe brain injury symptoms
In addition to the mild symptoms listed above, the following moderate to severe symptoms may develop after an accident.
- Loss of consciousness for a longer period
- Worsening headache, nausea or vomiting
- Extreme weakness, loss of coordination or numbness in extremities
- Inability to wake up
- Unclear speech, seizures or coma
- Uncharacteristic behavior, restlessness or intense confusion
While not all of these symptoms necessarily point to a brain injury, if you or a loved one have one or more of them following an accident, do not hesitate to seek the help of a medical professional. It truly is better to be safe than sorry.