Closed Head Injuries (Concussion)
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A closed-head injury is typically not as serious as an open-head injury. But a closed-head injury is still considered a serious injury and can be debilitating and even fatal in some cases.
Don't hesitate to contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one is coping with a closed-head injury. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.
Types of closed-head injuries
People who sustain a closed-head injury don't always realize they have been seriously injured. Unlike open head injuries, which are apparent to others, a closed-head injury may not be obvious. It's important to be aware of signs of a closed head injury:
- Loss of memory
- Slow pulse
- High blood pressure
- Memory loss
A closed-head injury may be the result of a blow to the head, such as hitting one's head against a steering wheel or other hard object during a car accident. Closed-head injuries also are not uncommon in a workplace accident.
A concussion is one example of a closed head injury. Other common names include:
- Subdural hematoma
- Epidural hematoma
- Intracerebral hemorrhage
- Increased intracranial pressure
Concussion and car accidents
A closed head injury is most commonly known as a concussion. Concussions occur when a violent blow to the head causes the brain to forcefully hit the inside wall of the skull. Such injuries are not unusual in motor vehicle-related accidents.
Concussions can vary in severity from mild to critical, and can have both short- and long-term repercussions. Symptoms of a concussion from a car accident can be immediate or may not appear for some time after the initial trauma. In serious cases, bleeding and swelling of the brain can occur. Even a mild concussion can result in subtle brain damage.
Brain damage in a closed head injury can have physical, cognitive, and psychological repercussions. The physical characteristics of a closed head injury can occur immediately following the accident or can worsen in the period following the accident. Physical repercussions of a closed head injury can include: headaches, paralysis, coordination difficulty, weakness, sensory problems, nausea and difficulty sleeping.
Sources: Mayo Clinic; Brain Injury Association of America; Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Network; Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center; BrainLine.org (funded by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center through WETA public broadcasting).
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
If you or someone you know sustained a closed-head injury due to someone else’s negligence, talk to an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney promptly. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We may be able to put experience and resources to work for you or your loved one. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, long-term care, past and future medical bills and pain and suffering.
Head injury cases can be complicated. Knowing what to do can be confusing. We may be able to help. Consult the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We're on your side.