The dangers of a “hidden” TBI

| Jan 29, 2021 | Injuries |

While traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are generally tied to motor vehicle accidents, this trauma can be caused by any significant impact or jarring motion. From falling off a ladder to being struck in the head by falling debris, a TBI can result in both structural and functional damage to the brain. Unfortunately, the symptoms aren’t always readily apparent, and the victim might have difficulty identifying the source of the trauma.

A TBI isn’t considered hidden because the symptoms are not there, they are hidden in the sense that an individual is unaware that a TBI is the underlying cause of the symptoms themselves. Common symptoms of a TBI can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Persistent headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory trouble
  • Difficulty in holding a conversation
  • Difficulty in making decisions

Unfortunately, people assume there is physical evidence of a head trauma. A swelled portion (a bump on the head) or bruising can accompany direct impact. This is not the case when the accident or vehicle collision resulted in no bodily impact to the head, but the jarring motion caused the brain to strike the inside of the cranium with such force as to create invisible damage. This trauma directly to the brain can lead to devastating, life-altering symptoms.

After a motor vehicle collision, it is crucial that you visit the doctor immediately. Symptoms of a TBI might not be apparent for hours, days or weeks after the event. Based on neurological exams and brain scans, however, a skilled diagnostician can work on understanding the full extent of your injuries and the steps you can take to recover.

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