A head injury is a general term used to describe trauma to the head — with impact to the brain itself. A head injury occurs more often than people realize. these injuries may appear minor yet inflict serious injury to the brain. The CDC report at least 1.7 million traumatic head injuries occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries and are a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
The Types Of Head Injuries:
- Open – Means that the trauma has broken the skull, and has penetrated the brain. The most popular way this happens is by windshield impact when in a car or truck accident.
- Closed – Means that the skull was not broken and can give the impression that is “seems” insignificant. It could have been “just” a bump, blow, or sharp head jerk, but the brain may have been jostled enough in the skull to cause bleeding or swelling.
Types of Medical Terms Regarding Head Injuries:
- Skull Fracture
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Subdural Hematoma
- Cerebral Anoxia
What To NOT Do After Experiencing A Head Injury:
- Wash a head wound that is deep or bleeding profusely. Try to cover the wound and get to a medical professional.
- Remove an object sticking out of a wound. By removing an object, you can cause more damage.
- Move the person unless absolutely necessary.
- Shake the person if they seem dazed.
- Remove a helmet if you suspect a serious head injury.
- Pick up a fallen child with any sign of head injury.
- Drink alcohol within 48 hours of a serious head injury.
Some head injuries are very serious and can result in prolonged or irreversible brain damage. Medical bills can skyrocket and be staggering to one’s life after a head injury. If the head injury was due to the negligence of another, you may be able to obtain compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a head injury attorney and they will contact the insurance companies, handle all of the paper work, and file your claim.