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Identifying the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury After a North Carolina Traffic Accident

January 29, 2022

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte personal injury attorneys know that any jolt or blow to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) without notice.

One of the most common causes of TBIs in North Carolina and throughout the country are motor vehicle collisions, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that someone suffers from a TBI every 23 seconds in the U.S. These devastating head injuries are responsible for more than 300,000 hospitalizations, over 90,000 long-term disabilities, and approximately 50,000 deaths each year.

Here is what our Mecklenburg County traumatic brain injury attorneys want accident victims to know about identifying common signs of severe head injuries.

What are the Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries in North Carolina?

Identifying the signs of a traumatic brain injury is the first step in recognizing the severity of the condition, so the sufferer can begin a medical treatment plan right away.

Traumatic brain injuries will affect each victim differently. However, responding to a head injury quickly may be the difference between preventive treatments, temporary or permanent disabilities, or even death.

The signs and symptoms of a TBI may be physical, behavioral, cognitive, or a combination of each, depending on which part of the brain was affected by the trauma.

Here is what head injury victims and their families should look for after an accident.

Physical signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Speech problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Loss or changes in smell or taste
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual

Behavioral signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Negativity
  • Physical or verbal outbursts
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Lack of motivation or initiative
  • Poor judgment
  • Risky behavior
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Lack of empathy

Cognitive signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shortened attention span
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired decision-making ability
  • Trouble processing information
  • Difficulty in expressing thoughts
  • Complications understanding others

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Charlotte, North Carolina, contact us today.

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