Traumatic head injuries are suffered by nearly two million people every year, and more than a quarter of those injuries require hospitalization. Head injuries are very common and nearly everyone will incur some form of head trauma in their lifetime. Saving someone’s life is a simple as learning to recognize the symptoms of head injuries and applying basic first aid techniques.
An injury to the head, known as head trauma, traumatic brain injury or concussion, can be described as any trauma to the head that causes injury to the scalp, skull or brain. Closed head injuries are those occurring when the head is struck with blunt force. Penetrating head injuries are sustained when an object actually pierces the skull and enters the brain.
Accidents that can cause head trauma can be caused by any of the follow:
These injuries vary in severity, and some can be prolonged or irreversible. The more severe injuries result in bleeding inside the brain or skull, high impact forces that damage the nerve cells in the brain, or objects that penetrate the skull or brain.
Depending on the severity of the head trauma, symptoms of injury may include:
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have incurred head trauma and are experiencing any of these symptoms. Our clients with brain injuries have rights that we are committed to protecting. We understand how expensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation can be. When another party is at fault, a claim can ensure financial assistance for these costs, along with lost wages, and perhaps most significantly, the pain and suffering a victim is forced to endure. The attorneys at Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. are committed to handling our clients’ claims with the utmost care and professionalism.
Brain injuries are often the result of traumatic impacts to the head that may cause reduced cognitive abilities. According to the Brain Injury Association of America over 1.7 million “traumatic brain injuries” (TBI) occur every year. The majority of these injuries are cause by motor vehicle accidents and it is estimated that the costs associated with these injuries range between 48 and 60 billion dollars, annually. Symptoms of mild TBI’s include loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue. More moderate and severe TBI’s share the same symptoms but are also characterized by nausea, convulsions/seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech, loss of coordination and numbness or weakness in the extremities.
Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with a moderate or severe TBI should receive medical attention immediately because while they may not be able to reverse the damage already sustained they will be able to stabilize the patient and prevent further damage from occurring. Disabilities resulting from a TBI are dictated by the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, in addition to the patient’s age and general health. Common disabilities associated with a TBI include reduced cognitive abilities (thinking, reasoning and remembering), communication (expression and understanding), as well as mental health related issues (aggression, depression, anxiety, changes in personality and social inappropriateness.