Following any injury with an impact to the head, it is vital to carefully observe changes in feelings, sleeping, diet, or ability to control bodily functions. Even if the impact seemed minor or there are no apparent signs of injury, look for these signs that could be indicators of closed head wounds.
Closed Head Wounds: Hidden Danger
The human skull is resilient; the brain within is more fragile. Even without obvious skull fracture or bleeding, accident victims could suffer injuries. Open head wounds are those with obvious damage or penetration to the skull. Easy to diagnose, and should be treated immediately. Closed head wounds include concussions and traumatic brain injury. These are more difficult to discover without paying attention to the injured victim.
Signs and Symptoms of Closed Head Wounds
- Worsening Headache
- Vomiting or Nausea
- Seizures or Convulsions
- Inability to wake up
- Slurred Speech
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion or agitation
In children, signs can also include persistent crying or refusal to eat. If any of these signs are present, you should call 911.
Causes and Concerns
Causes of closed head wounds can stem from recreational activities or unfortunate accidents, such as slip-and-falls or car accidents. All it takes is a bump, blow, jolt, or other head impact. For engaging in recreational activities such as bike riding or playing sports, always wear a helmet and follow all safety precautions. When traveling in a vehicle, always wear a seatbelt. Also, properly secure all children with age appropriate seating.
Unfortunately, even with the best of precautions, accidents happen. When out and about in the community, others may not take the same safety precautions. Unsecured rugs over slick surface can cause slip and fall injuries resulting in traumatic brain injury. Also, liquids or fallen fruit could cause a shopper a slip. A head impact on the hard linoleum floor of a supermarket could be devastating.
A top-rated safety vehicle with all the newest features is no guarantee of accident prevention. Side impacts, intoxicated drivers, and unforeseen weather can all result in collisions. Even a seemingly minor impact could result in closed head wounds not easily identifiable. Following an accident with any head injury, impact, or whiplash, seek medical attention, at least for a quick check-up. If any of the signs of concussion or traumatic brain injury occur, go immediately to your local emergency room.
I have a closed head wound from an accident. What do I do?
The cost of treatment and recovery are often expensive. According to HealthCare.Gov, the average cost for a three day hospital stay is around $30,000. If your head injuries resulted from someone else’s irresponsible, negligent, or criminal behaviors, call lawyers who understand the significant burden of treatment for closed head wounds. East Coast Trial Lawyers are ready to fight alongside you to ensure you, the victim, never shoulder this burden alone, and receive the recovery you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation on your case.