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Atlanta Brain Injury Lawyer Shares the Three Severity Levels of a Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries in Georgia can occur after a fall or a vehicle accident and are generally grouped into three categories to include mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries. In order to determine the level of seriousness, medical professionals look at test results as well as a person’s level of consciousness and verbal and motor skills. 

While some brain injuries may be milder in comparison to those that are severe, all brain injuries are serious. Any type of injury to the head can cause loss of consciousness, concussion, coma, or traumatic brain injury to occur. When the head, brain, or skull is injured in a fall or vehicle accident, it can cause lifelong problems in terms of headaches, behavioral problems, and memory loss, or the injury can be life threatening. 

Three Types of Brain Injuries 

  • Mild Brain Injury – With a mild brain injury, victims may suffer headaches, nausea, dizziness, balance issues, blurred vision, confusion, fatigue, and more. Victims may lose consciousness for several minutes or just a few seconds with a mild brain injury. In 10 percent of mild brain injuries, permanent disabilities occur. However, most people with mild brain injuries recover within three weeks and are able to return to the life they once knew.
  • Moderate Brain Injury – With a moderate brain injury, victims may suffer the same symptoms above but the symptoms may linger. A person with a moderate brain injury may have a headache that doesn’t go away and ringing in the ears. Additionally, this person may have repeated vomiting, weakness, loss of coordination, and vision loss. People with moderate brain injuries may suffer behavioral changes that can have lifelong consequences for their daily lives. In about 66 percent of moderate brain injuries, permanent disabilities result; however, about 90 percent of people with a moderate brain injury are able to live independently—although some need lifelong assistance.
  • Severe Brain Injury – Victims with severe brain injuries in Atlanta will have permanent brain loss and long term behavioral problems. Unfortunately, a person with a severe traumatic brain injury will have permanent disabilities. Those with a severe brain injury typically will not be able to live independently. 

Each brain injury will need to be evaluated for the seriousness of the injury and the location of the injury. If you have been injured, or if your loved one has suffered a brain injury in Georgia from no fault of their own, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Atlanta brain injury lawyer today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia