Delayed symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

Whether you experienced an auto collision or workplace accident, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is possible. What you might not know is that symptoms of a brain injury are often delayed. According to Mayo Clinic, it is common for TBI symptoms to be present days or weeks following the initial injury. 

If you thought you were fine immediately after your traumatic event but are now noticing symptoms, you might be confused. Here is some helpful information on late-appearing TBI symptoms. 

Physical symptoms

There are many different potential symptoms associated with a TBI, but physical ones are usually more noticeable. Symptoms that may be delayed include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleeping longer than usual

You may experience more severe symptoms if your accident was more serious. For example, you might experience vomiting instead of nausea.

Cognitive symptoms

A brain or head injury may affect your ability to think properly. Days or weeks after your accident, you might find that it is becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate or learn new information. You might have trouble finding words to say. If you feel mentally foggy or slow, it might be from your brain injury, even if it occurred days, weeks or months ago. 

Sensory symptoms

You might notice changes in your senses. Common delayed symptoms of TBI include blurred vision or tinnitus (ringing in your ears). Other signs include impaired ability to smell, getting a bad taste in your mouth or increased sensitivity to sounds or lights. 

Emotional symptoms

Are you noticing any irritability or depression after your injury? It is possible for your TBI to cause mental problems. You might have mood swings or feel anxious because of your injury. 

It is crucial to get diagnosed by your doctor and monitor your symptoms. Make sure you know the extent of your brain injury so you can get the compensation you deserve.