Few things are more dangerous than a blow to the head. A person can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and still be alert, conscious, and mobile. It can be difficult to recognize a TBI. Left untreated, a TBI may even prove to be fatal.

It’s vital for a person to seek medical attention anytime an accident has resulted in a blow to the head. However, there are two signs of a TBI of which people need to be aware. If someone is showing the following symptoms, immediate medical care is crucial.

1. Decorticate posturing

The signs of decorticate posturing occur in the moments shortly after an impact to the head has occurred. A person’s arms will be bent and stiff. Clenched fists are typical. After the initial moments, the victim’s arms may rest on their chest. Their arms will often remain at a bent angle.

2. Decerebrate posturing

The signs of decerebrate posturing usually involve both the arms and legs of the accident victim. A person’s legs are often stiff, with the toes pointed downward. A person’s arms are also stiff but are usually held at the side of the body and turned toward the body at an awkward angle.

Get medical help right away if a person displays either of these signs in the aftermath of an accident. Early diagnosis and treatment of a TBI are essential. The effects of a TBI may last a long time. In some cases, a person may never make a full recovery. You should discuss your legal options with a skilled professional. Pursuing compensation for medical care can be invaluable on a person’s road to recovery.