Brain Injury Lawyer MN – Signs of TBI


After an injury accident, a person may not initially know that they have a concussion or mild brain injury. Therefore, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion or brain injury, so that you can get the appropriate treatment to promote healing. Our Minnesota TBI attorneys are experienced with brain injury and concussion cases. Here is an article from the U.S. Center for Disease Control that discusses signs and symptoms of a concussion or brain injury to look out for after an accident.

Concussion/Brain Injury

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion/Brain Injury?

Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But unfortunately for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are also at risk of having another one.  Unfortunately, it also takes longer to recover if there was a prior concussion.

Symptoms of brain injury/concussion usually fall into four categories:

Thinking/ RememberingPhysicalEmotional/ MoodSleep
Difficulty thinking clearlyHeadache
Fuzzy or blurry vision
IrritabilitySleeping more than usual
Feeling slowed downNausea or vomiting (early on)
SadnessSleep less than usual
Difficulty concentratingSensitivity to noise or light
Balance problems
More emotionalTrouble falling asleep
Difficulty remembering new informationFeeling tired, having no energyNervousness or anxiety

Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury. Often, it is not recognized until the person starts resuming their everyday life after the accident and more demands are placed upon them. In many cases, people do not recognize or admit that they are having problems. Others may not understand why they are having problems, which can make them nervous and upset.

Brain Injury Concussion Symptoms After Accident
Brain Injury Concussion Symptoms After Accident

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out. Early on, problems may be missed by the person with the concussion, their family members, or even their doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.

See Getting Better, for tips to help aid your recovery after a concussion.

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention:

Danger Signs in Adults In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain in a person with a concussion and push the brain against the skull. Contact your health care professional or emergency department right away if you have any of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

  • Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea.
  • Slurred speech.

The people checking on you should take you to an emergency department right away if you:

  • Look very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
  • Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
  • Have convulsions or seizures.
  • Cannot recognize people or places.
  • Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
  • Exhibit unusual behavior.
  • Lose consciousness (a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously and the person should be carefully monitored).

Concussion Danger Signs in Children

Take your child to the emergency department right away if they received a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, and:

  • Have any of the danger signs for adults listed above.
  • Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled.
  • Will not nurse or eat.


Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are top rated lawyers in MN with more than 25 years’ experience. We have successfully represented hundreds of people who have been injured in an accident, including many brain injury cases. Pam Rochlin is a former partner with Meshbesher & Spence, has served on the Board of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and was the 2014 – 2015 president of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association. The primary focus of our brain injury accident attorneys is to make sure you receive the compensation you need for medical bills, wage loss, and other more.

If you or someone you love has sustained a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident, please contact one of our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. An experienced brain injury attorney can meet with you at our office or your home. Also, see our brain injury resources page for additional information regarding brain injury treatment in Minnesota.