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How do you recognize signs of traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2021 | Workplace Accidents |

It is important to keep an eye out for the possibility of brain injury in workplace related accidents. Any form of damage to the head can result in short and long term health consequences. But on top of that, you also have to worry about severe trauma in the form of TBIs.

TBIs – traumatic brain injuries – often have a notable impact on a victim’s life and health. But what are the signs of one?

Physical signs of TBI

Mayo Clinic takes a look at signs of traumatic brain injury. You can often identify a TBI due to the fact that severity makes its symptoms more prominent and notable. For example, many people with TBIs will pass out, black out or even fall into a coma. This is a dead giveaway that something is wrong, and it can prompt others around them into action.

Uneven dilation of pupils and even leaking cerebrospinal fluid may also point to TBIs. This fluid is clear and it may drain from the ears or nose if a victim is suffering from a tear or leak in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column. This is a sign of serious injury and requires immediate medical attention.

Behavioral red flags

Then, you have behavioral differences. TBI sufferers will often feel overwhelmed, confused and agitated. Unusual aggression may also occur, with a victim lashing out at those trying to help them. Keep in mind that they are not behaving like themselves in this moment and simply push through. After all, you need to seek medical aid regardless of the victim’s opinion. This is the only way to ensure you minimize long term damage.