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Brain Injury Symptoms

Brain Injury Symposium Symptoms – Cullotta Law Offices 

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  • Headaches, and post traumatic headaches
  • Dizziness or Vertigo
  • Vomiting, nausea, change in smell
  • Lack of motor coordination or difficulty balancing
  • Light sensitivity, including seeing bright lights, blurred vision, double vision
  • Confusion, disorientation, and difficulty focusing attention
  • Loss of consciousness and post-traumatic amnesia
  • Slurred or incoherent speech, including word finding loss
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Difficulty with reasoning, can’t concentrate or perform daily activities>
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Tearfulness, displays of inappropriate emotions
  • Changes in concentration, memory, speech

There are a wide range of brain injury symptoms after car accidents  or fall.  Below is a list of common physical and cognitive symptoms depending on the brain damage to specific areas of the brain:

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Frontal Lobe

  • Loss of simple movement of various body parts (Paralysis)
  • Inability to plan multi-stepped tasks
  • Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others
  • Loss of flexibility in thinking
  • Persistence of a single thought (Perseveration)
  • Inability to focus on task (Attending)
  • Mood changes (Emotionally Labile)
  • Changes in social behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Difficulty with problem solving
  • Inability to express language (Broca’s Aphasia)

Parietal Lobe : Back of head

  • Inability to locate the words for writing (Agraphia)
  • Problems with reading (Alexia)
  • Lack of awareness of certain body parts or surroundings
  • Inability to focus visual attention
  • Difficulties with eye and hand coordination
  • Inability to name an object (Anomia)

Occipital Lobe: Back of head

  • Difficulty with locating objects in environment
  • Difficulty with identifying colors (Color Agnosia)
  • Production of hallucinations
  • Visual illusions – inaccurately seeing objects
  • Word blindness – inability to recognize words
  • Difficulty in recognizing drawn objects
  • Inability to recognize the movement of object (Movement Agnosia)
  • Difficulties with reading and writing

Temporal Lobe : Side of head

  • Difficulty in recognizing faces (Prosopagnosia)
  • Difficulty in understanding spoken words (Wernicke’s Aphasia)
  • Disturbance with selective attention to what see and hear
  • Difficulty with identification about objects
  • Short term memory loss
  • Interference with long term memory
  • Increased and decreased interest in sexual acts
  • Inability to categorize objects 
  • Persistent talking
  • Increased aggressive behavior

Brain Stem

  • Decreased vital capacity in breathing, important for speech
  • Swallowing food and water (Dysphagia)
  • Difficulty with organization/perception 
  • Sleeping difficulties (Insomnia, sleep apnea)
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Problems with balance and movement


  • Loss of ability to coordinate fine movements
  • Loss of ability to walk
  • Inability to reach out and grab objects
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness (Vertigo)
  • Slurred Speech (Scanning Speech)
  • Inability to make rapid movements

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