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Life After Brain Injury

Depending on the nature of how you acquired your traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its severity, your prognosis may vary greatly from another TBI victim. Learn about what life may be like after a mild, moderate, and severe TBI to understand your options.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

A mild TBI is defined as a “traumatically induced physiological disruption of brain function” and is manifested by at least one of the following:

  • Post-traumatic amnesia not greater than 24 hours

  • Loss of consciousness of approximately 30 minutes or less

While most mild TBIs resolve themselves in days or weeks, some mild TBI victims may experience symptoms throughout their lifetime. These symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty with attention and memory, disinhibition, and more.

Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury

Statistically, between 8-10% of all TBIs are classified as moderate. Moderate TBI victims typically experience more severe symptoms, including sensory loss, decreased muscle control, seizures, sleep disorders, and more. A TBI is determined to be moderate if at least one of the following manifests:

  • Post-traumatic amnesia between one and 24 hours

  • Loss of consciousness between 20 minutes and six hours

The specific area where the damage occurred can greatly affect the victim’s prognosis and recovery. For example, when the injury is localized in the temporal lobes, seizure or temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) can develop.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Severe TBI victims comprise approximately 10% of all traumatic brain injuries and often face the most health complications after sustaining their injury.

A TBI is determined to be severe if at least one of the following manifests:

  • Post-traumatic amnesia between one and seven days

  • Loss of consciousness greater than six hours

Unfortunately, many severe TBI victims require life-long assistance and can no longer live independently or earn an income. This can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment for the victim and their families.

Experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury? Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, our San Francisco brain injury attorneys at Scarlett Law Group can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve to cover any unexpected medical expenses. We have recovered millions for TBI victims who have been harmed due to another’s recklessness, and we’re prepared to fight for you too.

Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to learn how we can assist you.


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