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The 3 Levels of Brain Injuries

The 3 Levels of Brain Injuries

Close up of a person's hairline with stables in their head after suffering a traumatic brain injury

No matter what level, brain injuries are always serious in nature and should be addressed right away. It is unwise to let a brain injury go unchecked for any period of time.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are categorized in one of the following three levels:

#1 - Mild TBI

Mild TBIs have the following characteristics:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness, typically just a few seconds or minutes
  • Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) for less than one hour of the TBI
  • Normal brain imaging results

#2 - Moderate TBI

Moderate TBIs have the following characteristics:

  • Loss of consciousness for 1-24 hours
  • PTA for 1-24 hours of the TBI
  • Abnormal brain imaging results

#3 - Severe TBI

Severe TBIs have the following characteristics:

  • Loss of consciousness or coma for 24+ hours
  • PTA for 24+ hours of the TBI
  • Abnormal brain imaging results

Sub-Categories of Severe TBI

Since a severe TBI can have a number of implications, these injuries are often subcategorized in the following ways for more clarity:

  • Coma
    • An unconscious state from which the person will not wake up
  • Vegetative State
    • A state in which a person isn’t in a coma (in other words, they’re awake), but is unaware of their surroundings
  • Persistent Vegetative State
    • The individual has been in a vegetative state for longer than a month
  • Minimally Responsive State
    • A state in which the individual is no longer in a coma or vegetative state and irregularly interacts with and/or responds to the environment

Suffering a traumatic brain injury of any kind is very serious and should not be taken lightly; especially if someone else caused your injury. If you’ve been a victim of another’s negligence, it’s important that you take action right away. The best way to do so is to secure experienced legal representation. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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