When you were involved in an accident, you knew immediately that something was wrong. You didn’t feel right, it was hard to see and you felt very confused. Emergency teams were called to the scene, and you were soon taken away to the hospital.

You very likely suffered a brain injury in your crash. It’s one possible injury that happens because of the force of a collision. Your brain may be bruised or bleeding, leading to significant risks. That’s why immediate medical care is so important.

What are the signs of a brain injury?

Brain injuries vary, so the signs are rarely the same. Many patients do have symptoms, though.

Some signs of a brain injury include:

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Having trouble with drowsiness or fatigue
  • Losing consciousness, being disoriented or being confused
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Trouble with headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in the ability to smell

Everyone’s symptoms will manifest differently. Some people will be weak or lose feeling in parts of their hands or feet. Some will have seizures. Others will have slurred speech and appear impaired. Each case must be treated individually, with medical providers taking time to appropriately diagnose the area of the brain that has been injured and the severity of that injury.

It’s impossible to know exactly how someone’s brain injury will manifest, because everyone’s brain works a little differently and no two injuries are the same.

If you are involved in a collision and have symptoms of a brain injury, make sure you seek the medical care that you need. Good care early on can help prevent secondary injuries and complications that could worsen your condition.