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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be classified into one of three different categories: mild, moderate, and severe. While less severe symptoms may cause a person to believe they have a “mild” TBI, that is not always the case. Because brain injuries are unpredictable and affect people differently, “mild” traumatic brain injuries can have long-lasting effects. Mild TBI’s, also known as concussions remains as one of the most common forms of brain injuries. Doctors typically diagnose individuals with a mild TBI when they experience loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes and memory loss for less than 24 hours. If you don’t experience any of these symptoms, that doesn’t mean a mild TBI has not occurred. After getting a moderate or severe TBI, at 6 months, 60% of TBI patients can walk again.

Symptoms for moderate and severe TBI's consist of: 

  • headaches that won't go away
  • weakness in the limbs
  • loss of coordination
  • confusion
  • agitation

TBI Classification:

CriteriaMildModerate Severe
Loss of Consciousness (LOC) 0-30 minutes 30 minutes – 24 hours >24 hours
Alteration of Consciousness (AOC) A moment up to 24 hours >24 hours >24 hours
Post-traumatic Amnesia (PTA) 0-1 days Between 1-7 days >7 days
Glasgow Coma Scale 13-15 9-12 >8
Structural Imaging Normal Normal or Abnormal Normal or Abnormal


Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawsuits Frequently Asked Questions

What is a TBI (traumatic brain injury)?

A traumatic brain injury is any forceful hit or trauma to the head which disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A TBI can range from a mild concussion to moderate and severe. A severe brain injury can cause an extended period of unconsciousness and other lifelong neurologic changes.

What is considered a brain injury?

In addition to concussions, other types of brain injuries include hematoma, edema, skull fractures, hemorrhage, diffuse axonal injury, and anoxic brain injuries.

How much compensation should I expect following a brain injury in Wisconsin?

Depending on the severity, recovery from a brain injury could cost between $60,000 to millions of dollars. Contact Warshafsky law offices to help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries.

What are Warshafskys personal injury lawyers fee structure for brain injury lawsuits?

Many brain injury lawyers charge a contingency fee meaning they receive a percentage of your settlement. At Warshafsky law, we believe in "No Win, No Fee" policy.

What are common causes of brain injuries in Wisconsin?

Any trauma to the skull can result in traumatic brain injuries. These causes include auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents.

Wisconsin brain injury attorney settlement amounts

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