Top 20 signs of an Acquired Brain Injury

October 17, 2011
Raquel Siganporia - Partner in the Spinal Injury Team

Posted by: Raquel Siganporia


Interesting article in APIL PI Focus, Vol 21, Issue 8 by Ludwig Lowenstein discussing Traumatic Brain Injuries. A brain injury is often classified as mild, moderate or severe and can include the following signs as identified by Ludwig Lowenstein:

  • Problems with immediate, short term memory
  • Loss of Productivity, especially multi-tasking
  • Lack of social competence and the lack of social inhibition and or anti-social behaviour
  • Lack of effective control of thinking, emotion, behaviour e.g. anger and aggression
  • Problems with reasoning
  • Lacking awareness of and comprehension to what is happening and how to react to it
  • Lack of ability to make appropriate decisions
  • Lack of capacity for risk estimation, e.g. gambling
  • Problems with intimacy and developing inappropriate sexualised behaviours
  • Lack of behavioural maturity by manifesting child-like behaviour
  • Lack of attention and proneness to distraction
  • Non comprehension of irony and non-literal language
  • Inability to organise and plan ahead
  • Problems with learning
  • Aphasia (e.g. Difficulty recollecting words or difficulties with speech)
  • Temporal lobe injuries which tend to cause irritability and aggression
  • Bipolar disorders including depression, mania, suicidal ideation and behaviour
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Development of serious mental illnesses
  • Excessive dependence on others.

Raquel is an Associate Solicitor and heads up the firm’s Spinal Injury department.

Posted by: Raquel Siganporia

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