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6 Things to Keep in Mind About Head Injuries

A person with an open head injuryAlthough the tips below are mostly common sense, there are a few vital things that just need to be said about head injuries: Take proper safety precautions, see a doctor when injured, and finally, get in touch with your local head injury attorney!

Open Head Injuries Vs Closed Head Injuries

Whether you think it’s a traumatic brain injury, or just a little scratch on the forehead, some head injuries seem more severe than others at first, but this can actually be very deceptive. There are two main types of head injuries: open and closed. An open head injury can show up as a bump or lump, or even as severe as a fractured skull. On the other hand, a closed head injury has to do with damage to brain (of varying degrees). A slight agitation to the brain is usually called a concussion, but with more severe closed head injuries, the brain swells and brain tissue can compress – this can result in brain damage.

Safety First

It may seem obviously, but thousands and thousands of head injuries occur every year, due to not taking all proper safety precautions. If you’re in a car, buckle up, and if you’re the driver, make sure your airbags are working. Also, if you have children in the car, remember to lock all car doors before heading out onto the road. These simple procedures will greatly reduce your chances of a traumatic brain injury, even though it might not be full-proof in preventing other kinds of head injuries.

Neglecting safety procedures on motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards, etc is another way in which a head injury can occur. If you’re a motorcyclist, it’s best to wear a helmet with a full mask that covers your face. If your a bicyclist, etc, look for a helmet with a US Consumer Product Safety Commission sticker on it.

Don’t Be Afraid to See a Doctor

Just because you don’t experience any initial effects of your seemingly mild head injury, doesn’t that it’s not serious. Strangely, you can sustain a head injury without even being aware of it. Being aware of the key symptoms of a severe head injury is extremely important – confusion, changes in vision, balance, trouble with speech, etc. If you’ve experienced any blows to the head (whether you think they’re major or minor) go see your doctor immediately.

Get a Diagnosis

Once you get to a doctor and she thinks that it might be a head injury, she will likely do a neurological exam. The doctor will ask questions that may seem simple but are intended to determine if you’re in your “right mind.” A CAT scan may be ordered to get a view of your head and look for fractures, bleeding, and swelling in the brain.

It Can Take a Long Time To Treat

The most severe head injury, which may result in a traumatic brain injury, usually requires the most treatment. Immediate care may mean surgery and medication to treat swelling of the brain. Some head injuries even require rehabilitation: physical, occupational and speech therapy.

An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

In the case that you’ve been the victim of a head injury personal injury case, it’s certainly in your best interest to contact your local personal injury lawyer, to file a claim, and receive the damage you’re entitled to for pain, suffering, medical bills, and emotional turmoil caused by the injury.

If you’re the victim of a head injury, don’t hesitate to contact Atlanta head injury attorney, Bruce A. Hagen, to bring you the justice you deserve.

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