A traumatic brain injury is a bruising of the brain caused by a sudden event or accident. Sometimes referred to as a concussion or a closed head injury, it refers to a physical injury that affects the brain’s function or activities. Traumatic brain injuries are often categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. But don’t be confused, those classifications refer to the initial findings not the long-term effects. Traumatic brain injuries can result in the need for significant compensations for those who’ve been injured.
An initial injury may be listed as minor because there is no evidence of bleeding on the brain (moderate) and the person may not have been “knocked out” (severe). However, persons with even a mild traumatic brain injury can have the same pattern of symptoms that disrupt their work and turn their home lives upside-down: headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory issues, and vision problems. Some people describe feeling like they are “under water” or they just can’t think straight.