A brain injury can occur when you suffer a sudden bump or jolt to your head. Brain injuries often happen after car accidents, workplace accidents and while playing contact sports.
Every year, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. sustain a brain injury. If you get into an accident and incur a brain injury, you may experience a wide range of cognitive, physical and sensory symptoms.
After the accident, you may feel confused, dazed or lose consciousness for several seconds to several minutes. You may also have memory or concentration problems, have a hard time sleeping and experience abnormal periods of moodiness or mood swings.
Some of the physical symptoms of a brain injury after a serious accident can include a headache, nausea and fatigue. You may also have a hard time speaking or experience periods of dizziness.
You may become unusually sensitive to light or sound after you sustain a brain injury. Other sensory symptoms you may experience could include a ringing sound in your ears, a bad taste in your mouth and blurred vision.
You will likely experience a different set of symptoms after you sustain a brain injury than anyone else, since these effects can vary widely from person to person. You may also experience one set of symptoms immediately after the accident and other effects may emerge later, as brain injury symptoms can develop days, weeks or even months following trauma to your head.