Posted in Head Injury on January 18, 2019
Head injuries can be a major cause of concern. Serious trauma can lead to internal bleeding, coma, brain damage, and even death if left untreated. The majority of head injuries are not serious and require minimal medical treatment. However, a head injury can quickly turn into a serious medical emergency if left untreated. Knowing the signs of a severe head injury can help you avoid severe complications.
Medical professionals define “head injury” as any trauma to the brain, skull, or scalp. Head injuries range in severity from a small bump to traumatic, severe, and life-altering brain damage. The most common head injuries include concussions, scalp wounds, and fractures. Damage to the skull can be difficult to assess from the outside – many head injuries involve internal injuries.
Doctors classify these injuries into “open” or “closed” categories. Closed head injuries do not cause breaks or fractures in your skull. Open head injuries are much more serious, breaking the skull and causing trauma to the brain.
Head injury symptoms vary from person to person based on the circumstances of the accident. Minor head injuries will involve milder symptoms than more severe trauma. If you suffer a minor head injury, you can experience these common symptoms:
The symptoms of severe head injuries include many minor symptoms, along with additional alarming complications:
You should seek medical attention for all head injuries that might be serious. Certain symptoms require immediate doctor intervention. Waiting too long to seek help for a head injury could lead to permanent brain damage, coma, or death.
Visit your doctor or emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
If the symptoms persist after a day and you still have not visited a medical professional, visit a hospital immediately. Always call 911 for a serious head injury – waiting too long, moving, or engaging in strenuous activity can increase damage to your brain.
Common head injuries can lead to brain damage, loss of motion, and additional injuries. Each type of head injury comes with a certain set of risks, injuries, and treatment options.
Treatments for traumatic head injuries can be expensive and lengthy. In addition, you could experience permanent disability and a loss of quality of life. If you suffered a serious head injury from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, visit an attorney to discuss potential legal action.