Louisiana residents who have gotten into a crash need to keep an eye out for any potential brain trauma or injury. Latent signs can appear after the initial impact, and depending on what those signs are, they can help a victim determine whether or not their injury requires immediate medical attention.

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, one sign of more serious brain damage involves the personality or emotions of the victim. Sudden changes in behavior such as increased agitation, the desire to pick fights, disagreeability or aggression can be signs of severe injury. Extreme confusion, disorientation, and frustration are also potential red flags, with the severity of these symptoms potentially pointing to the level of damage done.

The Mayo Clinic points out that there are also physical tells that can point to injury that needs immediate medical attention. The more serious signs include convulsions, seizures, or clear fluid coming from the ears or nose. Muscular weakness may also occur, or numbness in the outer limbs. This can make it hard for the victim to display coordination or balance. The classic sign of dilated pupils can also be taken into consideration, as uneven pupils or dilated pupils may point to internal bruising.

In the end, it’s better to play it safe than to be sorry when it comes to head injuries. Even a mild concussion can result in lasting discomfort, and injuries may be more severe than a person initially suspects. Keeping an eye on both long and short term symptoms can therefore help a victim nip any serious problems in the bud.