Some individuals may not be familiar with the term “closed-head injuries,” and accordingly, they might not be aware of its meaning. Closed-head injuries are a kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that doesn’t involve any object penetration into the skull and brain. Instead, it could be a physical blow to the head, or even a blow to the body, that could make the head move quickly back and forth such that it could bounce the brain around on the inside of the skull, which will, in turn, result in brain injury. You might also be surprised to learn that concussions are closed-head injuries that are deemed to be mild TBI.
Closed-head injuries can affect cells and tissues throughout the brain and can range from mild to severe. The most common cause of closed-head injuries in the U.S. are auto accidents. Closed-head injuries can also occur because of falls, work-related incidents, assaults, or sports-related accidents.
Some of the most common symptoms of closed-head injuries include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Behavioral and emotional changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Cerebrospinal fluid leaking from the nose and/or ears
- Speech and language problems
If you have one or more of these symptoms after having been in a motor vehicle accident, it is crucial that you see your physician and get the necessary medical treatment as quickly as possible. These types of injuries might not be obvious right away after the accident; therefore, it is important to get checked even though you might feel okay.
Speak to a Decatur injury attorney as Soon as Possible
If you have suffered a closed-head or brain injury as a result of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation that will pay for your medical bills, lost wages, cost of rehabilitation, therapy and any continued treatments that might become necessary depending on the kind of closed-head injury sustained. If you would like to speak with a Decatur injury attorney about the specifics of your particular situation, please call John Cannon at 1-800-373-6050 for a free consultation.