A closed head injury can be considerably more dangerous when compared to an open head injury. That's because there could be traumatic damage to the brain without it being the direct result of an object. However, it can still come on as the result of a sudden blow to the head or a violent motion that jostles the brain inside the skull. The fact that the skull isn't fractured gives more of a distinction to the less apparent aspects of closed head injuries.
Medscape notes that there's about 570,000 cases of closed head injuries every year in the U.S. And some of those are, unfortunately, fatal cases based on the potentials of what they can do in injuring the brain. Even worse, some people linger with after effects from closed head injuries that can make medical bills pile up quickly.
What typical accidents are the most common in causing closed head injuries? The medical implications behind those that survive are very serious and ones that can create extreme life hardship.
A very common cause of closed head injuries seen in the media is the result of sports accidents, or collisions in football. With numerous incidents of traumatic brain injuries in football players due to unreinforced helmets, the attention on these injuries has become much more intense. This isn't to say closed head injuries aren't still seen widely in other accidents that are much more common.
Another good example is when you're thrown forward in a car accident. Even without hitting the windshield or any other object, through the whiplash effect, your brain gets jostled inside the skull, potentially causing life-altering brain injury.
Falls in older people can also cause closed head injuries that could be even more dangerous due to the person's age. This can happen by hitting his or her head hard on a table or on a hard floor after falling.
You should be able to tell if someone has a closed head injury if they have some overly apparent symptoms. Keep in mind, though, that symptoms might not be obvious until days after the initial trauma occurred. There could be signs of dizziness, headaches, dilated pupils and even speech problems as signs of brain injury.
More severe signs could be loss of consciousness or cerebrospinal fluid exiting out of the nose or ears. No matter the symptoms, a person who's experienced any injury to the head should go to the hospital immediately for observation.
The After Effects of Closed Head Injuries
If the closed head injury didn't affect the brain, it can sometimes be treated with bed rest, pain medications and perhaps certain drug treatments to prevent pressure in the brain. Regardless, those with brain injury could be expected to have very severe problems for the rest of their life. It could mean experiencing seizures and personality changes. There could even be a chance for coma that leads to death.
All of this can mean the worst nightmare in medical bills for you or your family. You're going to need a good personal injury lawyer to help you through this very bad storm. Consider Power & Brown as your legal team who will walk you step by step through gaining the medical compensation you deserve.
Contact us if you live in Alaska or Washington State and just experienced a head injury that was clearly not your fault.