Brain Injuries by Severity

injured person being taken into an ambulance

Brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries a person can experience. Depending on the severity, brain injuries can have a long-term impact on your life.

A Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. TBI’s may be classified into three categories, which are described below:

  1. Mild TBI

A mild TBI, also known as a concussion, can result if you have at least one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Brief, if any, loss of consciousness;
  • Headaches with or without vomiting;
  • Lightheadedness and/or dizziness;
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes;
  • Sleep disturbance;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Fatigue or lethargy;
  • Behavioral mood changes, irritability and/or anger;
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention or thinking;

If symptoms persist for more than three months, this moves the classification into what is referred to as a “mild TBI/Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome”.

  1. Moderate TBI

A person with a moderate TBI may show the same symptoms as a mild TBI, but may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness lasting more than 30 minutes but less than 24 hours;
  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away;
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea;
  • An inability to awaken from sleep;
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Loss of coordination; and
  • Increased confusion, restlessness or agitation.
  1. Severe TBI

Severe TBI may be life threatening. A person with a severe TBI may show the same symptoms as a mild TBI and/or moderate TBI, but may also experience the following:

  • Loss of consciousness lasting for more than 24 hours;
  • Post-traumatic amnesia for more than 24 hours following the injury;
  • Seizures or convulsions;
  • Abnormal brain imaging results with signs of permanent damage; and
  • Coma, vegetative state of minimally responsive state.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should know your rights to pursue compensation. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., we are committed to providing excellent legal service to our clients with small firm care and big firm results.

Call our firm today at (775) 227-2280 and learn how we can help you.

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