Severity and Side Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, like those sustained during a car accident, can vary in severity and symptoms. Brain injuries will usually be described as “mild” or “severe.”

Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Mild brain injuries are those during which a person is unconscious for fewer than 30 minutes. Even when someone has a mild brain injury, they can experience serious symptoms that last for months or even years. Symptoms of a mild brain injury can include:

  • Pain
  • Memory fog
  • Trouble with coordination
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Severe brain injuries are those during which a person is unconscious for 30 minutes or longer. These are the worst types of traumatic brain injuries and can result in life-long complications, incapacitation, or even death. Signs and symptoms of a severe brain injury can include:

  • Pain
  • Fluid draining from nose or ears
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Visual disturbances
  • Chronic nausea
  • Confusion
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis

You’ll notice that many of the symptoms of mild brain injuries and severe brain injuries overlap. This is why it is so important to obtain medical treatment immediately following a head injury. People frequently do not understand that they have a brain injury or do not know the extent of their injury until they are examined by a medical professional. 

Brain injuries will require treatment in the form of pain management, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and neurological and psychological care. These can add up to many hours off work, lost wages, and significant medical bills. Personal injury accident victims should seek the advice of an experienced Chicago brain injury attorney about pursuing a legal claim for damages.

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