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THE DIFFERENT DEGREES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

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Of all of the injuries that one may face after an accident, traumatic brain injuries are particularly devastating. Even a seemingly minor head injury can have a profound impact on someone’s life. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury following an accident in Washington or Oregon, the team of attorneys at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS may be able to help.

This blog post should not take the place of medical advice. Seek the competent care of a medical professional for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment for any injuries.

DEGREES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

Traumatic brain injuries are generally grouped into three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. The level of severity of a traumatic brain injury is most commonly determined by using the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which gives a “score” to the injury based on the level of consciousness a person experiences following a brain injury. The score is based on verbal, motor, and eye-opening reactions to stimuli.

MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

A person who suffers a mild traumatic brain injury may experience little to no loss of consciousness. A person may experience confusion following a mild traumatic brain injury. Medical tests may not show any physical damage to the brain following a mild traumatic brain injury.

MODERATE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Moderate traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a hard strike to the head or a violent shake of the head, which can occur in scenarios such as car accidents or falls. When a person suffers a moderate traumatic brain injury, he or she may lose consciousness for a few minutes to a few hours. Following a moderate traumatic brain injury, a person may experience disorientation and confusion for several weeks or months.

Impairments may also manifest themselves in other ways, such as in the form of physical or behavioral impairments. Sometimes, damage sustained from a moderate traumatic brain injury can be permanent and require rehabilitation and treatment.

SEVERE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

While mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries can certainly have an impact, severe traumatic brain injuries can be particularly devastating. These injuries may be caused by open head wounds which leave the brain crushed or severely injured. Unfortunately, many people who suffer severe traumatic brain injuries suffer permanent impairment, even after extensive rehabilitation and treatment. The impairments may include the loss of the ability to speak, move, and think. In the most severe cases, the person can wind up in a vegetative state.

SUFFERING FROM A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY? WE CAN HELP

If you or a loved one are facing the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury from a car accident or other injury in Washington or Oregon, our attorneys may be able to help. The team of personal injury lawyers at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS are dedicated to helping fight for fair compensation in the aftermath of a brain injury. To schedule a free consultation to speak with an attorney about your case, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (360) 695-4244 today.

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William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and actively practiced law from 1980 to 2021. He is now "of counsel" with Schauermann Thayer and serves as an arbitrator when appointed by the courts or litigants. During his more than 40 years of active law practice, Bill advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He continues to occasionally be appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.

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