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Q
My daughter was in a car accident and lost consciousness for a moment. Is this a symptom of a traumatic brain injury?

A

While any injury to the brain can produce a loss of consciousness, there are three different types of traumatic brain injuries including mild, moderate, and severe brain injury. The symptoms for each of these injuries are similar but they can vary in severity level.

The symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes 
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Balance issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Trouble thinking and concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

The symptoms of a moderate brain injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness that could last a couple of minutes or a couple of hours
  • Behavioral changes that could last a couple of months or could be permanent
  • Confusion that could last for days or months

The symptoms of a severe brain injury include:

  • Coma that could last for days, weeks, or months
  • Vegetative state
  • Minimally responsive state

Because doctors have a difficult time diagnosing a brain injury, it is best not to attempt to diagnose your daughter yourself. Instead, get her into the hospital as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment. Any type of brain injury is a serious matter and needs to be treated as soon as possible. 

If a negligent driver caused your daughter’s brain injury in a traffic accident, you may have rights to pursue a personal injury case in Georgia. Seek legal advice in a free consultation by calling one of our skilled Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia