Head injuries can occur due to any number of reasons. One of the most common causes of head injuries is traffic accidents. A head injury may be defined as any trauma that leads to injury of the scalp, skull or brain. Head injuries normally range from a small bump or bruise to a serious brain injury. Head injuries can be broadly categorized as:
- Closed head injuries, which means you received a blow to the head from striking an object, but it did not break the skull and
- Open head injuries, which means you were struck with an object that broke the skull and penetrated the brain. This can usually happen when you move at high speed. An example when an open head injury can occur is when a car accident victim goes through the windshield.
The symptoms of minor head injuries usually go away on their own. More than half a million head injuries in the United States each year, however, are severe enough to require hospitalization. Learning to recognize a serious head injury and implementing basic first aid can help save a person’s life. Also, in patients who sustain severe head injuries, other organ systems are injured or damages. For example, a head injury may sometimes be accompanied by a spinal injury. Although the most common cause of head injuries is auto accidents, they can also occur as a result of falls, physical assaults, on-the-job accidents, sporting accidents or at home.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is important to be able to distinguish between minor pain and major or serious head injury. Symptoms of a serious head injury can include:
- Chronic headaches
- Speech and language problems
- Loss of vision, taste, smell, sensation or hearing
If you have any of these symptoms, you should get immediate medical attention. If you have been in any type of auto accident, it is a good practice to get checked out by your doctor to make sure you have not suffered any internal or head injuries. Ignoring head injury symptoms may even prove lethal.
If your head injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, please remember that you have legal rights. You can seek compensation from the negligent party or their insurance company to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of surgery, rehabilitation, therapy or any type of continued treatment you may require. Contact dedicated brain injury attorney E. Ryan Bradley today to discuss your case.