It’s fairly obvious that a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause damage to a victim’s cognitive abilities, but harm can also be done by less severe, mild TBIs.

In fact, an article from FOX News explains a study conducted at Newcastle University examined the brains of 77 participants—44 who had experienced mild to moderate TBIs during the week leading up to the study, and 33 others who had not. They found those who had suffered at TBI had lower scores when aspects such as verbal activity as well as movement of eyes and other body parts were tested.

These conclusions were drawn after researchers examined the results of brain images captured by magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging technology.

The team also found the damage done to the brain by a TBI can be long-term, if not permanent. This was determined by images of the brain that were collected one-year after the initial patient assessment.

The Texas personal injury attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers say this is why it’s so important to recognize the symptoms of TBIs and seek medical attention when they’re suspected. Some of the most common signs of TBIs include:

  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Sudden changes in sleep patterns
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Memory loss