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:
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
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