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Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms


Everything About Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury usually occurs as a result of a violent blow or jolt to the head. Objects such as bullets or shattered skull fragments can also penetrate through delicate brain tissue and cause a traumatic injury. A mild traumatic brain injury has the potential to temporarily affect a victim’s brain cells, while more serious brain injuries can result in torn tissue, bruising, bleeding, and other permanent damage.

Sadly, the worst brain injuries may result in permanent physical disability, paralysis, or death. Just like the spinal cord, the brain does not have the ability to regenerate new cells to heal itself. Once brain cells are damaged, they remain damaged for the rest of a victims’ life. This is why a brain injury victim can never be the same person he or she was before — their brain has literally been traumatized to the point of no return.

Whether your brain injury was mild, moderate, or severe, recovery can be a long and difficult process for you and your family. If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury, you need to speak with an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will help you recover all the compensation you deserve and are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on your loved ones.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 1.4 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. 235,000 of these incidents require hospitalization and 50,000 resulted in deaths.

Traumatic brain injuries have wide ranging physical, psychological, and emotional effects. Some adverse signs or symptoms may appear immediately after a traumatic injury, and many others may take days or weeks to manifest.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Physical Symptoms:

  • Poor balance or dizziness.
  • Loss of consciousness lasting a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Consciousness retained, but confusion and disorientation are present.
  • Headaches.
  • Vomiting and or nausea.
  • Speech issues.
  • Drowsiness and or fatigue.
  • Sleeping difficulties.

Mental/Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Memory and or concentration issues.
  • Mood swings and or mood changes.

Sensory Symptoms

  • Ringing in the ears, blurred vision, or changes in the ability to smell or taste.
  • Noticeable sensitivity to sound and/or light.

Moderate To Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may include symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury, and can also include the following symptoms that may appear within hours or days after sustaining an injury:

Cognitive/Mental Symptoms:

  • Combativeness, agitation and other unusual behaviors.
  • Severe confusion.
  • Slurred speech.

Physical Symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness, lasting from several minutes to hours.
  • Persistent vomiting and or nausea.
  • Seizures or convulsions.
  • Dilation of one or both pupils.
  • Clear fluid draining from the ears or nose.
  • Inability to awaken from sleep.
  • Loss of balance and coordination.
  • Constant headaches.
  • Numbness and or weakness in fingers and or toes.

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Below are five common reasons for traumatic brain injuries:

  1. Car Accidents. Accidents involving cars and motorcyclists, cyclists or pedestrians are all a common cause of many traumatic brain injuries.
  2. Falls. More common in young children and the elderly, falls in the bath, from a bed or ladder, or down stairs can all cause a traumatic brain injury.
  3. Explosive Blasts. Injuries caused by an explosive blast are common among active duty military personnel. Many researchers have theorized that the pressure wave passing through a victim’s brain can significantly disrupt brain functioning.
  4. Violence. Physical assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and gunshot wounds are all common causes for a brain injury.
  5. Sports Injuries. Extreme and high impact sports can all cause concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury Complications

Moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries can both cause prolonged or permanent changes in a victim’s state of consciousness. Some of the different states of consciousness include:

  • Brain death. This occurs when there is no measurable activity in the victim’s brain and brainstem. Brain death is irreversible.
  • Vegetative State: A vegetative state can occur because of significant damage to the brain. A person in a vegetative state may open their eyes, respond to reflexes and even make sounds, but they are unaware of their surroundings. Vegetative states can become permanent, but some individuals improve to a minimally conscious state.
  • Coma. A person in a coma is completely unaware of anything and unable to respond to any stimulus. A comatose state occurs after widespread damage to every part of a victim’s brain. It’s possible for a person to emerge from a coma or transition to a vegetative state after a few days or weeks.
  • Minimally conscious state. A minimally conscious state is a state of severely altered consciousness, but there are some signs of self-awareness. This can sometimes occur as a stepping stone to greater recovery.

Compensation Available For Brain Injury Victims

About 2% of the American population — or approximately 5.3 million people — require lifelong assistance with daily tasks because of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries change everything about a victim’s life, and most victims are usually forced to radically alter life plans, give up their independence, and become permanently cut off from enjoying life’s pleasures.

In addition, victims may need multiple surgeries, regular physical therapy, or round-the-clock care. Sadly, many victims’ families may not have the necessary financial resources to adequately provide for their loved ones’ medical needs.

Brain injury victims are entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses.
  • Loss of Past and Future Income.
  • Pain and Suffering.
  • Emotional Distress.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life.
  • Humiliation.
  • Loss of Consortium.

Contact us to find out how we can help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a traumatic brain injury, a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.



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