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How do you know if you suffered a moderate to severe TBI?

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In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, you are probably confused, shocked and disoriented. It may take you what seems like forever to get your bearings and evaluate your situation. Once your mind reengages, you can then begin to determine whether you are trapped, seriously injured or in any further danger.

Since you probably didn't have time during the impact to assess what body parts slammed into anything, now would be the time to try to figure out what your injuries include. You may want to do a bit of self-assessment before help arrives to determine whether you suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Symptoms of a moderate to severe TBI

As you try to figure out whether you have a TBI and how bad it may be, you could assess yourself for the following symptoms that may arise in the immediate aftermath, the first few hours or the first few days after the crash:

  • You initially lose consciousness for no less than 30 minutes.
  • You suffer from amnesia for at least one day.
  • You experience migraines or headaches that don't go away.
  • Your vision is blurry, your eyes remain dry or you experience double vision.
  • Your eyes become sensitive to light.
  • You become sensitive to noise.
  • You can't sleep well and don't get quality rest.
  • You experience dizziness or vertigo.
  • You suffer from chronic pain.
  • You experience seizures.
  • You can't concentrate and your attention span diminished.
  • You feel confused.
  • You experience memory lapses.
  • You have trouble making decisions.
  • You experience personality changes.
  • Your moods become erratic.
  • You lack impulse control.
  • You experience lapses in judgment.
  • You experience depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

You may not recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, so you need to let your friends and family members know to keep an eye on you. Even if you sought medical attention immediately after the crash, you may not know the full extent of your TBI right away. For this reason, you may want to make sure that someone remains with you for a while.

Injuries to the brain are tricky. You could experience a full recovery or have long lasting issues. Some of those issues could just inconvenience you, but others could alter the course of your life. In any case, you will probably suffer even short-term financial losses associated with the accident. If another party's negligence led to your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation through South Carolina's civil justice system.

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