Types of TBIs from a motor vehicle accident

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2021 | Brain Injury |

One serious result from a vehicle accident in Seattle is a traumatic brain injury that is caused by blunt trauma to the head from impact. Victims may think they are fine, but they still have a TBI. They may experience a mild to severe TBI that produces various symptoms.

Mild TBI

A mild TBI commonly doesn’t cause long black-out periods, but the injured party can still have an injury even if not unconscious. A concussion often falls in the mild TBI category, which may cause dizziness, confusion, headaches, and balance issues.

Mild TBIs rarely produce lasting symptoms and usually heal with treatment. However, mild TBIs could be hard to discover on imaging tests and get mistaken for other conditions. Recovery can take longer in older and younger patients, and patients with past TBIs have an increased risk for another.

Moderate to severe TBI

A moderate TBI usually causes a longer loss of consciousness, generally from 30 minutes to 24 hours. A severe TBI commonly causes a loss of consciousness oof more than 24 hours, and sometimes the patients may experience altered consciousness. Similar to mild TBIs, the symptoms may not show until hours or weeks later. Some common symptoms of moderate to severe TBI include persistent nausea or vomiting, headaches that get worse, slurred speech, blurry vision, seizures, or convulsions, pupil dilation, and clear fluids from ears or nose.

The effects of a moderate to severe TBI are commonly longer-lasting. Recovery time depends on several factors, such as patient age and their past medical history. Brain injuries can cause many cognitive and emotional issues. Victims might want to have an attorney’s help if the cause was the negligence of another party.