Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

September 28th, 2015 by Attorney Julie Butcher

We are not doctors and do not provide medical advice.

If you have specific medical questions, you should consult your family doctor as soon as possible. Even though we do not provide medical advice, over the years of representing people in serious wrecks, we have seen a lot of people with head injuries fail to get the medical attention they need.

Because motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky are among the leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), every driver should be aware of the symptoms of brain injury, specifically TBI.

Injured truck wreck and car wreck victims may sustain head injuries without even realizing that they are injured, since some symptoms appear over time rather than immediately. Other crash victims, however, show signs of head and brain injuries right away and their doctors order CT scans of their heads to determine if there is any internal bleeding. CT scans are usually ordered if there has been a period of unconsciousness, however brief, which is common among wreck survivors.

First, it is important to define traumatic brain injury. TBI is damage to the brain that results from sudden trauma (such as a blow to the head in a car or tractor-trailer accident) and causes a disruption in the brain’s ability to function normally. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck wreck (link to tractor trailer practice area page) or central Kentucky crash, seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms of traumatic brain injury are present:

  • unusual headaches that don’t go away
  • dizziness
  • brief or long-lasting unconsciousness (“passing out”)
  • seizures or convulsions
  • drowsiness or unresponsiveness (difficulty waking up)
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • blurred vision or dilated pupils
  • slurred speech
  • confusion, memory loss, or loss of problem-solving skills
  • slurred speech
  • bad taste in the mouth
  • mood swings or irritability
  • problems with concentration
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or weakness in extremities

This list is not a comprehensive list of TBI symptoms. Other signs and symptoms of TBI exist, and this article cannot substitute for medical care or advice. If you, a friend, or family member has suffered head injuries or other serious injuries in a central Kentucky car wreck or truck wreck, ensure that proper medical care is sought first. Then, feel free to contact our office with questions unique to your situation. We will provide you with free resources, helpful information, and answers to your most important questions.

Among the types of cases we handle that may result in traumatic brain injury are the following: