Understanding Mild, Moderate, and Severe Brain Injuries

Understanding Mild, Moderate, and Severe Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are generally classified into three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. The TBI classification you receive will affect your prognosis and recovery. Learn about the three classifications and what you may expect with each one.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

All traumatic brain injuries result from a blow or jolt to the head. The severity of the blow and the nature of the injury will determine whether the TBI is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. A TBI is considered mild if the following are true:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Problems with speech

Most mild TBIs resolve on their own within days to weeks as long as the victim receives proper treatment and rest. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some mild TBI victims experience symptoms that last the remainder of their lives.

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Moderate and severe TBIs have symptoms that present themselves for much longer than mild TBIs, in most cases. A TBI is considered moderate or severe if the following are true:

  • Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours

  • Persistent headaches or headaches that worsen

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Inability to awaken from sleep

  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities

If you or someone you love has received a mild, moderate, or severe TBI due to another’s negligence, our Clearwater personal injury attorneys are here to help. At Roman & Gaynor, we know the impact a traumatic brain injury may have on your life and future prospects, and we’re prepared to fight for you.

Contact us today at (727) 877-1212 to learn how we can assist you.

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