Traumatic brain injuries are serious ailments that can affect your physical, mental and social abilities. There are many different ways that such injuries may occur. Car accidents, falls, airplane crashes and any other violent incidents are just a few of the potential culprits. If you recently suffered an accident such as one of these, it is important that you understand the symptoms of a TBI.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, TBIs affect approximately 1.7 million people each year. The following are three of the most common indications you may be suffering from TBI. If you are experiencing these or any other symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately and consider investing in legal representation.
1. Onset of amnesia
Amnesia is one of the most distressing symptoms one might experience, but if you suddenly find yourself unable to remember specific things and struggling to recall familiar memories, it may be a sign you sustained a TBI. The severity of the amnesia may vary, and it may be inconsistent, too. Nonetheless, you should not take this symptom and its affects lightly.
2. Difficulty communicating
Communication difficulties are another common indicator of a TBI. This may manifest in a variety of ways, but it commonly appears in a lessened ability to speak or understand the speech of others. This may seem similar to hearing impairment, and it often accompanies an inability to initiate or hold a conversation. Any sudden change in your communicative abilities is definitely symptomatic of a problem and potentially indicative of a TBI.
3. Behavioral disruptions
In addition to the physical and mental symptoms of a TBI, there are a number of symptoms which affect a sufferer’s social behaviors. You may notice the sudden presence of mood swings or an inclination towards anger and hostility. Poor judgment and suddenly impulsive behavior are also commonly symptomatic of a TBI.