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Can a TBI make you slur your words?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | Brain Injury |

If you suffer a head injury on the job, it’s important to know if it’s a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are simply internal injuries, so you may not be aware of how bad the situation is right at first. That’s why it’s so important to understand what symptoms you need to look for.

With this in mind, you may be wondering if it would cause you to slur your words. If people can’t understand what you’re saying or you’re having other speech problems, does that mean you suffered a traumatic brain injury?

You may have dysarthria

While there is certainly no guarantee that slurring your words means you absolutely have a traumatic brain injury, it is definitely possible. There is a disorder known as dysarthria that can cause people to talk in a slow and slurred manner. In some cases, the words that they’re saying can’t be understood by those around them at all.

The person who has actually suffered the injury may be able to think of the words and may be attempting to say them correctly, but there’s just a disconnect due to the injury to the brain. In other cases, the person who has been injured may honestly not be able to think of the words or make those connections. All brain injuries are different, but it’s important to know that something like this definitely means it’s time to seek medical attention. You know that something is wrong, even if you’re not 100% sure exactly what it is yet.

Needless to say, a traumatic brain injury can keep you out of work for a long time and may lead to high medical bills, so be sure you know if you have a right to workers’ compensation.