Brain Injury Checklist: Signs of Severe Brain Injury


Brain Injury Checklist Symptoms in the Acute or Trauma Stage:

We have listed many of the symptoms of brain injury.  This does not include all symptoms as each brain injury is different and may include other symptoms than what are listed below.  This is meant to use primarily as a brain  injury checklist.  We provided this brain injury checklist with the most obvious symptoms.

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Fogginess
  • Vomiting
  • Change in mental state
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness or Balance Problems
  • Vertigo
  • Headache (far more diagnostic than given credit for)
  • Blurred Vision or Other Cranial Nerve Problems

Other Physical or Motor System Symptoms on the Brain Injury Checklist:

  • Fatigue (one of the most significant)
  • Lethargy
  • Sensory Loss
  • Sleep Disturbance or Disorder
  • Seizures or Abnormal Twitching

Cognitive Deficits on the Brain Injury Checklist:

  • Amnesia, particularly Post Traumatic Amnesia
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Confusion
  • Perceptual Changes
  • Memory Issues, particularly Short Term
  • Speech or Language Changes, Stuttering,
  • Executive Functions (Frontal Lobe Issues)

Behavior Changes or Alteration in Emotions:

  • Loss of social skills
  • Change in Maturity Level
  • Loss of Independence
  • Irritability
  • Quickness to Anger
  • Disinhibition
  • Flattened Emotional Affect (little emotion when not angry)
  • Emotional Liability (quick fluctuations in emotions)

Thank you for visiting our site.  Other pages you may be interested in is our TBIVoices site.  This is a collection of stories told by actual traumatic brain injury survivors.  You will learn how most of the symptoms listed in this brain injury checklist were diagnosed and treated for the brain injury survivor. As you read their stories you will have a much better understanding of brain injury symptoms and their effects on different individuals that have suffered severe brain injury. You will read about the issues, the ongoing problems and the triumphs directly from the brain injury community.

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by Attorney Gordon Johnson