What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?

Our Honolulu Personal Injury Attorneys Explain

The effects of brain injury are unpredictable, and no two brain injuries are exactly alike. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), brain damage can change many aspects of an individual, including the way the person feels, thinks, behaves, and controls the body.

When a brain injury disrupts the functions of the neurons and nerve tracts, messages to the brain may not be properly transmitted, affecting:

  • Thought
  • Emotions
  • Movement of the body
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Blood pressure
  • Bowel and bladder control

The symptoms of brain injury can be mild or severe. They can be temporary or last a lifetime. They may cause some impairment or complete inability to perform specific actions. Effects are complex and vary significantly from person to person, depending on cause, location, and severity of the injury.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be evident immediately after an injury, while others may take days or even weeks to appear. The symptoms can be physical or mental.

Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may include:

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
  • Victims of moderate to severe TBI may experience the same symptoms as mild TBI sufferers, along with the following additional symptoms that may appear within hours or days of the injury:
Brain Injury Symptoms in Babies and Young Children
  • Falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Very young children who have suffered brain injury may be unable to describe the sensory changes, changes in cognitive function or other symptoms they are experiencing.

Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can be life threatening. Get emergency medical treatment immediately after an injury if TBI is suspected. Medical professional can generally tell from the symptoms when severe brain injury has occurred. However, with milder trauma, they may need to conduct further evaluation and testing to diagnose a brain injury.

Doctors use imaging technology to obtain more information about brain injuries and to determine severity, location, and type of injury. The most commonly used type of imaging to diagnose TBI is a Computed Tomography (CT) scan. If more sensitive imaging is needed, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be done. Although they are more sensitive than CT scans, MRIs are more costly, take longer, and have more potential complications.

In some cases, a neuropsychological assessment may be done by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to determine which areas of the brain and abilities of the patient have been adversely affected by the injury. This assessment can be useful in developing a long-term treatment plan and provide information to the victim and family members about what to expect in the future.

Leavitt Yamane & Soldner : Offering Legal Help for Brain Injury Victims

The effects of a severe traumatic brain injury can alter all aspects of a brain injury survivor's life, including relationships with family and ability to hold a job. It may change the lives of victims and their families. If you have suffered a TBI, ongoing medical care and physical therapy may be an integral part of your recovery and your future health.

If your brain injury was caused by an on-the-job accident or someone else's negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the losses you have suffered. At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, our compassionate Honolulu traumatic brain injury lawyers help victims recover both financially and emotionally from the life-changing effects of TBI.

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