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Traumatic Brain Injury

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Gates Law Firm has helped a number of clients suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These types of injuries are devastating, debilitating, and often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 150 Americans die from TBI-related injuries each day. 1


According to the CDC, a TBI “is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” This can occur in any scenario such as a car wreck, trucking collision, a product failing, to name a few.


There are three levels of a TBI:


  • Mild

  • Moderate

  • Severe


The factors that the medical professionals look for to determine the severity of a TBI include the loss of consciousness (LOC) and posttraumatic amnesia (PTA).


A Mild TBI can occur when:


  • There is any period of loss of consciousness;

  • Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident;

  • Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident such as feeling dazed, confused, or disoriented; OR

  • There is a focal neurological deficit which may or may not be transient  2


A Moderate TBI can occur when:


  • The loss of consciousness lasts from a few minutes to no more than 6 hours

  • The Glascow Coma Score ranges from 9 – 12; AND

  • The posttraumatic amnesia lasts from 1 to 24 hours  3


A Severe TBI can occur when:


  • The Glascow Coma Score ranges from 8 or less; and

  • The loss of consciousness lasts days, weeks, or months  4



2 Please see Chapter 2, Traumatic Brain Injury, authored by Terri Morris

3 Id.

4 Id.

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