Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain Injury Lawyer in San Francisco, CA
Traditionally, the words
mild, moderate and
severe denoted three levels of
traumatic brain injury, and loss of consciousness determined if an injury was considered severe.
Today, experts recognize that a brain injury does not have to include
a loss of consciousness. In fact, accident victims can sustain brain injuries
without extraneous head trauma or positive diagnostic test results from
a CT scan, MRI, or other form of diagnostic testing.
The 1995 Journal of Neurotrauma acknowledged this fact, stating that magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) could diagnose
certain aspects of TBI, but other issues, such as damages caused by mild
diffuse brain injury, can go unnoticed.
At The Scarlett Law Group, we find the terms
mild, moderate, and
severe ineffective, if not objectionable, verbiage to describe traumatic brain
This is why our firm seeks to help clients understand that any TBI –
mild, moderate, or severe – is synonymous with “serious.”
What is a “Mild” Traumatic Brain Injury?
A mild traumatic brain injury refers to physiological damages that were
induced by trauma and meet one or more of the following qualifiers:
- External trauma to the head
- Loss of consciousness for any duration of time
- Altered mental state, such as feeling disoriented or dazed
- Focal neurological deficits
- PTA (Post-Traumatic Amnesia) lasting less than 24
- An initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 13 – 15 after half of an hour
- Loss of consciousness lasting 30 minutes or less
Mild TBI Without External Trauma
Mild TBI can occur without surface trauma, such as an object hitting the
skull. TBI without extraneous trauma typically occurs when the brain sustains
sudden acceleration and deceleration. The colloquialism for this injury
is “whiplash” and excludes injuries caused by anoxia, stroke,
tumors, or encephalitis. CT scans, MRI, electroencephalogram and conventional
neurological assessments may not detect this type of injury. Because these
injuries do not seem like medical emergencies, victims may not have symptoms
documented by a medical professional in the early, critical stages of
the injury. In cases like this, it is best to explore the link between
symptomology and the possibility of a mild traumatic brain injury.
Symptomology of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild TBI is defined by the circumstances of the injury (with or without
surface trauma) and symptomology – the physiological and emotional
effects of the damages. Mild TBI can create cognitive, behavioral, and
emotional complications. Together, these symptoms may create a functional
Physical Symptoms, such as dizziness, vomiting, blurry vision, and headaches
Cognitive Deficits, including problems with perception, concentration, and memory
Behavioral Changes, such as emotional responsivity, disinhibition, and quickness to anger
Often, some patients may not be aware of, or admit, the extent of their
symptoms until they attempt to return to normal functioning.
Speak With Our San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Attorneys About Your Case
Our firm’s team of California catastrophic injury attorneys has become
known for being dedicated to the needs of our clients. Mild traumatic
brain injuries require immediate medical attention in order prevent further
damage or complications. Our extensive knowledge regarding these kinds
of injuries has allowed us to recover substantial verdicts and settlements
for injured victims.
Take a look at some of the compensation awards we have obtained for mild
traumatic brain injuries:
- $2,900,000 – Premises liability / mild traumatic brain injury
- $1,248,024 – Mild traumatic brain injury, minor rear-end automobile accident
If you or your loved one need help dealing with a mild traumatic brain
injury, you have come to the right place. As soon as you enlist our services,
we will quickly begin working on your case. We are prepared to do everything
in our power to help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible. Let
us put our more than 25 years of experience to work for you!
For the client-focused attention your legal matter deserves,
seek our firm’s guidance today.