Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) in New York City

In the past, a head injury would often be classified as severe, moderate, or mild depending on how long the injured patient had lost consciousness. Current medical knowledge tells us that a brain injury can be sustained with any loss of consciousness. Furthermore, someone can suffer a brain injury without an impact to the head and without any clear diagnostic findings using brain imaging studies such as an MRI, CT-scan, another testing.

Definition of MTBI

A mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI is defined as a change in mental state induced by trauma with one or more symptoms including:

  • Loss of consciousness of half an hour or less
  • memory impairment or loss either prior to or after the incident
  • change in mental state at the time of the incident such as disorientation, confusion, or fogginess.
  • post traumatic amnesia (PTA) or 24 hours or less
  • Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score range of 13 to 15 half an hour after the traumatic incident

How an MTBI can occur

  • Forceful impact to the head such as being struck
  • The head coming into contact with an object
  • An acceleration/deceleration of the brain such as whiplash where the head does not come into contact with any external object

Symptoms of MTBI

Common MTBI symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue and becoming tired very quickly
  • Dizziness
  • Fogginess
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and or vomiting
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of attention difficulty
  • Difficulting concentrating
  • Speech or language deficits
  • Loss of ability to perform executive functions
  • Memory loss
  • Perception deficits
  • Irritability
  • Becoming angry easily
  • Emotional changes and erratic behavior
  • Personality changes

Contact the brain injury lawyers at the F&A accident law firm for a confidential consultation regarding an MTBI matter.

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