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Undiagnosed injuries after an accident could be fatal

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, every person involved needs to seek medical attention and get a thorough workup for potential injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes injuries go unnoticed in an initial exam and can worsen or lead to major complications without treatment.

One type of potentially missed injury is a traumatic brain injury, which can become a fatal consequence if unnoticed and untreated for too long. After a car accident and medical exam in Rhode Island, it is important to continue monitoring a person’s health for the hours and days following to ensure no injuries went unnoticed.

A brain injury can range in severity, but proper treatment is necessary for all injuries whether a minor concussion or a major brain bleed. Understand some of the signs of a traumatic brain injury and watch for worsening health in the aftermath of a car accident.

Signs and symptoms of TBI

What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? TBIs result from an impact or jolt to the head and can range in symptoms based on the severity and particular type of injury. Mild TBIs, or what may be known as a concussion, may resolve quicker and with better results than more severe injuries such as brain bleeds.

Signs of a TBI include physical, sensory and cognitive effects and may dissipate or worsen over time depending on the level of trauma experienced. Dizziness, fatigue and headaches may be symptoms of a TBI of varying severity, but they are also not uncommon for those in an accident without a brain injury. Some general disorientation or discomfort be may the result of the accident without actually signifying an underlying injury.

Physical symptoms of TBI include loss of consciousness, headache, sleep difficulties, dizziness, nausea, lack of coordination and potentially convulsions or seizures depending on the level of trauma. Cognitive and sensory symptoms include confusion, slurred speech, anxiety and sensitivity to light or sound.

Missed diagnosis for TBI

When properly treated, all TBI symptoms should dissipate over time. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen after an accident and medical visit, this may be a sign of a missed injury. The unfortunate reality is that sometimes these injuries don’t show symptoms until hours or days after an accident, which is why those involved in an accident and their loved ones should know the signs of a potential missed injury.

Diligent care and attention can help spot worsening injuries before they get too far gone. It’s important to prioritize and monitor the health of anyone involved in an accident and seek medical attention if illness or pain persists or worsens.

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