In evaluating Traumatic Brain Injuries, we want to look at the different severity levels of brain injury. There is mild, there is moderate, and there is severe. There are different signs and symptoms, different signals, and different tests that correspond with each level of severity.
For example, we want to look at whether there was loss of consciousness, or whether there was post-traumatic amnesia. We want to look at the possible physical symptoms associated with what the client or the patient is experiencing. And there is also something called the Glasgow Coma Scale that is used to assess the severity of brain injury.
When looking at whether or not a brain injury is mild, moderate or severe, we want to know if there a loss of consciousness. And if there was a loss of consciousness, how long was the patient unconscious? Typically for a mild brain injury, the loss of consciousness would be less than 30 minutes. For a moderate brain injury, a typical loss of consciousness is anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. When a loss of consciousness is greater than 24 hours, this is typically associated with a severe brain injury.
Post-traumatic amnesia is where the patient has problems remembering things that we may take for granted. These could be issues in the everyday life, particulars with regard to the patient, historically significant facts relevant to the time period, and things of this nature. So where there is post-traumatic amnesia for a period less than 24 hours, that is associated with a mild brain injury. A moderate brain injury after a Florida Uber accident injury can be associated with post-traumatic amnesia anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. When a post-traumatic amnesia is greater than 24 hours, that is evidence of a severe brain injury.