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Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications—Moderate to Severe


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9/3/2014
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Post-concussion syndrome, a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by an impact to the head, may not be identified without expert medical attention following an accident. A Clayton County brain injury lawyer at the Law Office of Shane Smith can pursue a Georgia personal injury claim.  

TBI is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. TBI that is worse than mild will usually cause a major lifestyle change for the victim.

Moderate TBI is classified by:

  • A loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes but less than 24 hours
  • Memory loss after the traumatic event, called post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), lasting for 24 hours to seven days

Severe TBI is classified by:

  • A loss of consciousness that lasts for more than 24 hours
  • PTA lasting for seven days or longer

The level of recovery from a moderate to severe brain injury can be measured by several factors:

  • The injury's severity
  • How quickly and thoroughly the body recovers from the injury
  • Affected brain functions
  • The victim's age at the time of the incident
  • Other injuries sustained in the traumatic incident

The long-term effects of moderate to severe TBI can include cognitive problems such as attention, concentration and memory deficits. Sensory difficulties, including touch, vision, hearing, taste and smell, may also occur. Other effects can include sleep disorders, social and emotional limitations, seizures and chronic pain.

Severe TBI usually involves an unconscious state or coma for an extended period (days, weeks, months, or even years). Typically, the comatose length is correlated to the brain damage amount.                                   

The Law Offices of Shane Smith will aggressively pursue a brain injury case to get the victim fair compensation. Call Clayton County brain injury lawyer Shane Smith for a free consultation.



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