Traumatic brain injuries are capable of causing extremely serious and disruptive symptoms that can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Certain symptoms associated with a TBI are well-known and are logically associated with a head injury. For example, most people are aware of the fact that a mild TBI such as a concussion can cause issues like headaches, dizziness, memory problems, and nausea. But did you know that a TBI can also cause blurry vision and ringing in the ears?

Lesser-known TBI symptoms can be just as debilitating as more commonly expected issues but can leave victims with the frustrations associated with others not understanding or even believing that they are suffering from issues related to their brain injury. Some lesser-known TBI symptoms are detailed below.


People tend to think of TBIs as a purely physical injury, like a broken bone or a bruise. Because they can actually affect the structure of the brain, TBIs can cause symptoms that go much further than pain and discomfort. While the reason that TBIs can cause depression are not fully understood, there is strong evidence that suggests that they can cause changes in the structure of the brain that can cause feelings of depression. In some cases, depression can last for weeks or even months after the initial injury has occurred.

Difficulty Sleeping

Most people associate TBIs with sleepiness and drowsiness, largely due to the perception that people who have sustained head injuries are often confused, sluggish, or disoriented. While it is true that TBIs can cause people to sleep more than usual, sometimes TBIs have the opposite effect, making it difficult for victims to sleep. Not getting quality sleep can have a significant effect on TBI victims, causing issues like depression, decreased energy, irritability, and fatigue.

Difficulty Focusing

People who have suffered a TBI often experience issues with concentration, making it difficult to perform well at work or school. Often, difficulty focusing on one thing can affect a person’s ability to read, communicate with others, ignore distractions, watch videos, or drive.

Emotional Instability

Emotional problems and mood swings are a potential result of a TBI that can have a significant impact on person’s interpersonal relationships and may add to feelings of isolation and depression. TBI victims may exhibit behaviors like sudden episodes of crying, laughing, aggression, anger, and disinhibition. These kinds of issues can also make it difficult for TBI victims to return to their normal everyday activities, sometimes for a significant period of time.

A Lawyer Can Help You Establish Your Damages

An issue that can arise for people who are suffering from TBI symptoms that are not commonly known is that it may be more difficult for them to obtain compensation for their injuries. Insurance companies or even doctors may try and claim that the medical issues from which you are suffering have nothing to do with your TBI and try and deny compensation based on that assertion. Fortunately, when you retain an attorney, he or she will collect evidence establishing the way that your injuries have affected you, including expert testimony connecting your symptoms to your traumatic brain injury, if necessary.


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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.