The Hidden Danger of Head Injuries

EMT treating a severe head injury.

Head injuries are common in personal injury actions. Injury victims often sustain this type of injury in auto accidents and slip and falls caused due to the negligence of another. A person may suffer a blow to the head in a car accident when his or her head hits the steering column, the dashboard, or a window. A person may suffer a blow to the head when landing on the floor after slipping and falling due to some walkway hazard. Whatever led to the head injury, it is a very serious matter. Unfortunately, the nature of head injuries not only make them serious, but they often go undiagnosed. This is the hidden danger of head injuries.

The Hidden Danger of Head Injuries

A head injury can range in severity from mild to severe. Concussions are usually classified as mild. More severe head injuries will involve brain damage. In the event of a traumatic brain injury, the injury victim has sustained an injury that caused a disruption to the “normal function of the brain.” This is how the CDC defines a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a head injury may vary depending on the severity of the injury itself. Symptoms of a head injury may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Visual-spatial problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss

Head injuries can all too easily go undiagnosed. This is the hidden danger of head injuries. Not only can they go undiagnosed because the injury victim may not know that some of the above symptoms they are experiencing are linked to head injuries, but there is also the potential that symptoms may not immediately present themselves following an accident. The delay in symptoms arising can be misleading. An injury victim may not make the connections between the symptoms and the accident causing the injury. An undiagnosed head injury has the potential to be very dangerous and may have serious health consequences for the victim. Additionally, sustaining a head injury puts the person at a heightened risk for sustaining severe neurological conditions should he or she sustain another head injury. For the best possible recovery, early intervention for this type of injury is often critical.

In order to get the medical treatment you need, be vigilant in monitoring any symptoms you may be experiencing after an accident. Be clear and communicate this information to your treating medical providers. It is always best to air on the side of caution and seek medical treatment after being involved in an accident.

Personal Injury Attorneys

Head injuries can have life-altering consequences. Unfortunately, many head injuries are the result of accidents caused by someone else’s negligent action or inaction. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, Dickman Law Office is here to fight for you. We support our clients through some of the toughest times they may face. Fighting to enforce your legal right to full and fair compensation for your injuries while taking care of yourself and your health can be an overwhelming amount for one person to carry. Let our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys take on that legal burden so you can focus on getting better. Contact us today.

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