Who Is Most Likely To Have Seizures After a Brain Injury?

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Those who are familiar with brain injuries know that the effects can be severe and last indefinitely. One issue that can arise after sustaining a traumatic brain injury is seizures.


Seizures following TBIs are not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, they will happen in 1 out of every 10 people who have a TBI that required hospitalization.

What Causes Seizures?

Seizures are caused by a disruption in communication between the nerve cells of the brain. Normally, the nerve cells in the brain will create, send, and receive electrical impulses, which allow the brain’s nerve cells to communicate.


Disrupting this communication takes away the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body or other parts of the brain itself.


Seizures can be a traumatic experience to witness, let alone go through yourself. Some of the common symptoms of seizures to look out for include:

  • Strange movement of your head, body, arms, legs, or eyes, such as stiffening or shaking

  • Unresponsiveness and staring

  • Chewing, lip smacking, or fumbling movements

  • Strange smell, sound, feeling, taste, or visual images

  • Sudden tiredness or dizziness

  • Not being able to speak or understand others

Seizures and TBIS

When seizures occur after TBIs, it is because there is a scar on the brain as a result of the injury. This scar will cause seizures if it disrupts the communication of nerve cells in the brain. A doctor can usually determine how likely an individual is to experience seizures following a TBI based on how the injury was sustained:

  • 65% of those who have a brain injury caused by a bullet wound have seizures

  • 20% of those with closed head injuries that cause bleeding between the brain and the skull have seizures

  • Over 35% of those who need 2 or more brain surgeries after an injury have seizures


A seizure that occurs in the first week after a brain injury is called an early post-traumatic seizure. About 1 in 4 individuals who suffer a seizure the first week after their injury will have another seizure months or even years later.


Late post-traumatic seizures are those that occur more than 70 days after the time when the injury was sustained. About 8 out of 10 people who have these seizures will also have another seizure, known as epilepsy. Unfortunately, more than half of people with epilepsy will have this problem for the remainder of their lives.

Get the Help of a Brain Injury Attorney

The effects of TBIs can be debilitating for an individual, especially those who suffer from seizures following their injuries. Seizures can increase an individuals likelihood of sustaining another injury and prevent an individual from returning to work or even doing day-to-day tasks.


If you or a loved suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, we can help make sure you receive fair compensation that will cover medical bills, lost wages, and emotional damages.


Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 for a no-fee consultation.

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