What are Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Since traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are broken into three different categories, moderate traumatic brain injuries are the middle grade of such injuries. Moderate traumatic brain injuries are characterized by changes in brain function that last longer than 30 minutes. The symptoms may be similar to the symptoms of a mild TBI, however, rather than resolving, the symptoms of a moderate traumatic brain injury do not quickly go away, and may actually initially get worse.

Symptoms of Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries

Like mild TBIs, moderate TBIs are characterized by cognitive and physical changes or difficulties after a closed head injury. The injured individual may experience a loss of consciousness that lasts between 30 minutes and 6 hours. They may also experience trauma induced amnesia (memory loss) for up to 24 hours after the injury. Other symptoms can include:

  • Cognitive issues – memory and concentration difficulty, difficulty with word choice and organizational challenges.
  • Physical issues – tiredness or a lack of energy, headaches or migraines and ongoing dizziness.
  • Emotional changes – irritability, short-temperedness, poor emotional control.

Symptoms will typically begin to improve slowly but complete improvement or lack of symptoms can take months or even years after the initial injury.

TBIs often occur in otherwise preventable situations; car accidents, sports injuries and other recreational activities are common causes of moderate traumatic brain injuries. If the circumstances that led to the injury could have been prevented, and were caused by another person, the injured individual may have the right to bring a claim against the responsible person for their injuries.

Hiring an Attorney for Cases Involving Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you are considering pursuing a case involving a moderate TBI, you will want to speak with a local attorney to help you evaluate your options and understand your chances for a successful recovery. At The Ernst Law Group, we offer free consultations for all TBI clients. We believe you should be able to get to know your attorney before making a commitment to pay them. Call us today to learn about how we handle TBI cases and how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.