If you’ve been in an accident – whether it happened recently or not – there’s a high chance that you experienced a serious head injury. HealthLine defines a “head injury” as any sort of injury to your brain, skull, or scalp. Common head injuries include concussions and skull fractures, and can get as serious as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Head injuries may be either closed or open. A closed head injury is any injury that doesn’t break your skull. An open head injury is when something breaks your scalp and skull and enters your brain. It’s critical to remember that head injuries do not always have obvious symptoms.
It can be hard to assess how serious a head injury is just by looking. Some minor head injuries bleed heavily, and some major injuries don’t bleed at all. It’s important to treat all head injuries seriously and get them assessed by a professional.
What’s the worst thing you can do as a potential victim of head injury? Ignore it! Unfortunately, that is also the most common mistake that victims make, largely because sometimes brain injuries aren’t obvious right away. Brain injuries sometimes take a few days to manifest. But even if you aren’t convinced you have a brain injury, you shouldn’t dismiss the need for medical attention. A timely diagnosis might mean all the difference in the world! It’s essential to always thoroughly evaluate your head injury – or get an exam to discover if you have a head injury – as your life could depend on it!
How Serious Can Head Injuries Be?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, serious head injuries contributed to nearly 50,000 deaths, and almost 2.8 million emergency room visits in 2013. Head injuries can result in brain damage, which translates to trouble with memory, thinking, attention, concentration, speaking, and mood changes. Head injuries have the power to affect every aspect of life, and yet sometimes brain injury victims have the power to change that.
What Are the Leading Causes of Head Injuries?
The CDC reports that head injuries happen most commonly during falls, and the second leading cause of head injuries is being struck against an object. According to the CDC, car accidents are the third largest cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among all age groups, Car accidents are also the most common form of personal injury cases, so it’s no surprise that victims often suffer a TBI due to someone else’s negligence. Getting help right away not only increases your recovery chances, but is also important when claiming compensation for a personal injury case!
The Definition and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to BrainLine, traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue due to a blow to the head, resulting from an assault, a car crash, a gunshot wound, a fall, or the like. It’s important to know the symptoms of head injuries and pay attention to them! Most serious head injuries are diagnosed in the hospital shortly after an accident, but some symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may take days or weeks to appear. It’s important to always seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you don’t feel like you’ve been injured, and then continue watching for tell-tale symptoms of a brain injury.
A Tragically Common Mistake
Far too many people ignore a potentially fatal injury. Brushing off the possibility of a serious head injury or traumatic brain injury could kill you. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s always advisable to have your head checked by a medical professional. If you have even the slightest inclination that you might have a head, neck, or brain injury, it’s important to get a medical opinion right away and report it to a reliable personal injury attorney. Ignoring or dismissing the issue can put you at serious risk of physical harm, long term injury, or death. And it can also hurt your chances of being properly compensated for your immediate and long term medical care and expenses. Because head injuries can require months, years, or even a lifetime of long-term care, medical costs and lost wages can pile up easily. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are protected under the law with specific compensation rights. A head injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can sustain, and it’s a personal injury case that the Heilman Law Group will take just as seriously! Don’t risk waiting to get the help you need and deserve! Call us at 601-914-1025 or send us a message online.
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