Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

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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 injuries. 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 disability.

  • 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.

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