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The subtle signs of traumatic brain injury

Your spouse had an accident. Maybe they were rear-ended by another car on their way home, fell in a store and hit their head or got hurt on the job. They insist they're okay, despite the fact that they were briefly knocked unconscious -- but you aren't so certain.

How can you tell if your spouse is suffering from a hidden traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Here are some symptoms that you don't want to ignore:

  • They cannot clearly recall the details of their accident, and seem to be unable to remember what happened or a block of time just before or after it happened.
  • They seem disoriented or confused about anything, including their personal information.
  • They complain of an ongoing headache, dizziness, ringing in their ears or blurred vision and don't normally suffer from any of these problems.
  • They are slurring their speech, mixing up words or otherwise sounding a bit incoherent.
  • They develop nausea or vomiting that doesn't seem related to anything else.
  • They can't seem to retain new information or remember things they've been told.
  • They exhibit changes in their sleep patterns or emotional state that you can't explain.

Keep in mind that it can take days or weeks for a TBI to fully show itself after an injury. The biggest damage usually comes from the swelling in the victim's brain, not the actual blow to the head.

Ideally, even if your spouse claims to feel fine, it's best to have them checked out at an emergency room or doctor's office. You simply don't want to take chances. If your spouse is suffering from a TBI, you could be in for a rough period. It may be time to look into your spouse's right to compensation for their injuries.

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