Car accidents, construction accidents, and even slip-and-falls can leave a victim with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). What makes these injuries so dangerous is how hard it can be for someone to identify the injury. Knowing the signs of a traumatic brain injury can help identify these injuries and save a life.

While technological advances can make it easier to detect injuries with each passing day, a TBI can still kill a victim before testing occurs. So, what are some signs of TBIs?

Minor symptoms

After a major accident, some symptoms of a TBI can look like just a consequence of the accident. Even minor symptoms can indicate a life-threatening injury. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Light-sensitivity
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Sensory issues
  • Mood changes

It may be a reflex for someone to see these symptoms and decide that the victim is just experiencing minor consequences, but do not fall into that line of thinking. These minor signs could be the only indication of a severe TBI.

Major symptoms

While some signs of a TBI can seem small, others can seem impossible to miss. These are signs of a TBI that call for immediate medical attention:

  • Unmatching pupil sizes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Trouble staying conscious
  • Slurred speech
  • Motor skill failures

When it seems like a person is losing control of their body after an accident, there is a good chance that they are suffering from a TBI. Get a victim to a hospital immediately, as they may only have a few minutes or hours to get the help they need to stay alive.

Do not guess about it

If you suspect that you or someone else is suffering from a TBI, leaving things to chance may be fatal. No matter how small a symptom is after an accident, make sure an experienced medical professional provides the treatment a victim needs to stay safe.