Brain Injury cases come in all different shapes and sizes. A clear-cut brain injury can be seen in a diagnostic film study such as a CT Scan or an MRI, that shows bleeding inside and/or outside of the brain. But many traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed without positive findings on film studies.
Neuropsychologists and neurologists typically categorize a brain injury as mild, moderate, or severe. Just because a physician characterizes a brain injury as “mild” does not mean the injury will not have a dramatic impact on one’s life. We are learning more and more from the NFL studies that concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries can have significant short-term and long-term consequences.
Physical Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Common physical symptoms are headaches, dizziness, fatigue, disorientation, hypersensitivity to light, abnormal sensations of smell and taste, and poor balance.
Cognitive Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Common cognitive symptoms are problems with memory, word finding, organization, concentration, and executive functioning.
Emotional Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Common emotional symptoms are depression, anxiety, fear, and helplessness.
the traumatic event, but there are areas of the brain that regulate our mood and emotion, so emotional-residual symptoms after a traumatic incident may actually be symptomatic of a traumatic brain injury.
Sources of Evidence to prove Traumatic Brain Injury impact on our client.
In addition to obtaining evidence from medical professionals, it is critical to interview coworkers, supervisors, friends and family members who have known our client for a long period of time. These witnesses often powerfully demonstrate how our client’s brain injury has impacted him or her in the real world.