Identifying potentially risky injuries is one of the first steps all capable parties should take after a crash. Though other steps are also important, it is possible for any passenger to have an injury serious enough to need immediate medical attention.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often account for these risky damages. A TBI has the potential to leave you facing long-term, even life-long health repercussions. Early treatment is one of the best ways to tamp down on that possibility.
Behavioral and mental signs of TBIs
Mayo Clinic examines red flags that might indicate a TBI. Many signs fall into one of two categories: behavioral or physical. Behavioral red flags often stem from the fact that a head injury causes massive confusion and can scramble your emotional processing capabilities. It is often common for TBI victims to suffer from confusion and memory loss. This in turn will lead to a victim feeling overwhelmed, agitated, upset, scared or even angry.
TBI victims thus often suffer from emotional or mental “breakdowns”, and may cry or even throw tantrums. They can also lash out at others around them, saying hurtful or cruel things that they would not mean in a clear state of mind.
Potential physical red flags
Physically, TBI victims often suffer from headaches or migraines, nausea and vomiting, and trouble maintaining balance. They may also suffer disordered consciousness and can pass out without warning or even fall into a comatose state.
If you notice any such signs, consider seeking immediate medical attention. This is often the best way to prevent the possibility of long-term health repercussions, which TBIs can sometimes cause.