When to Seek Medical Attention for a Head Injury

Brain injuries can range from mild to moderate to severe. Even a mild brain injury can leave a victim with symptoms and side effects that last for the duration of their life. Learn more about mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries and when to seek medical attention.

Mild, Moderate, and Severe Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) typically fall into three categories: mild, moderate, and severe.

  • Mild traumatic brain injuries: A brain injury is considered mild if the victim experienced any loss of consciousness and post-traumatic amnesia less than 24 hours.

  • Moderate traumatic brain injuries: A brain injury is considered moderate if the victim experienced loss of consciousness from 20 minutes to six hours and post-traumatic amnesia less than 24 hours.

  • Severe traumatic brain injuries: A brain injury is considered severe if the victim experienced loss of consciousness longer than six hours and post-traumatic amnesia greater than 24 hours.

There are unique treatment recommendations based on the severity of the TBI, including the following:

  • Confusion without amnesia, no loss of consciousness: Examine immediately and every five minutes for the development of amnesia or post-concussive symptoms at rest and with exertion. Permit to return to activity if amnesia does not appear and no symptoms appear for at least 20 minutes.

  • Confusion with amnesia, no loss of consciousness: Examine immediately and frequently for signs of evolving intercranial pathology. Re-examine the next day. Permit return to activity after one full week without symptoms.

  • Loss of consciousness: Transport to the nearest hospital by ambulance. Perform a thorough neurologic evaluation. Admit to the hospital if signs of pathology are detected. If findings are normal, instruct the family for overnight observation. Permit return to activity only after two full weeks without symptoms.

If you have experienced a brain injury, it’s in your best interest to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The more delayed the treatment, the more prolonged your symptoms will be.

At Scarlett Law Group, our San Francisco brain injury attorneys can help you hold negligent parties accountable for any head and brain injuries you have received due to their recklessness. We have obtained millions for clients and we’re here to help you too.

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