Brain Injuries by Severity

patient with a serious head and brain injuryCountless individuals suffer serious brain injuries without even knowing it. Unfortunately, this happens far too often because people are not fully aware of the various levels of severity that categorize brain injuries and the symptoms that come along with them.

It’s imperative to know what is associated with each level of severity so you can have a clear idea of the treatment available to you and what comes next. Here are the three categories of brain injury severity, along with some of the symptoms you may experience.

Mild Brain Injuries

These are any brain injury that scores a 13 through 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (a test to determine how bad the brain injury is). Some of the symptoms associated with a mild traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to the following:

  • A normal result on a brain scan
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Confusion and dizziness

Typically, mild brain injuries can alter the state of a person’s brain function—this is normally called a concussion.

Moderate Brain Injury

On the Glasgow Coma Scale, moderate brain injuries range between a 9 and 12 total score. You may experience loss of consciousness that lasts a few minutes or even a few hours. Confusion may persist for multiple days and you may experience changes in behavior.

Severe Brain Injury

Anything below an 8 on the Glasgow Coma Scale is considered a severe brain injury and these typically cause significant short and long-term problems. These types of brain injuries impact sensation, cognitive abilities, language and speech abilities, and emotions.

Whenever you suffer a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, recognizing the severity can help you understand what legal options are available to you. If you need to pursue compensation, our brain injury lawyers are here and ready to help.

At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, we focus on protecting the rights of the injured. Whether you’re in the Texas panhandle or Eastern New Mexico, you can rely on our team to be on your side every step of the way.

Call us at (806) 397-0300 to discuss your potential case.

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