A blow to the head can result in one of the most catastrophic injuries a person can sustain. Depending on the severity of the injury, head trauma can cause a person to lose their ability to perform once regular daily tasks, work, and care for themselves and their loved ones.
At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we recognize how greatly a head injury can impact a person’s life. We strive to help our clients obtain financial compensation from their personal injury claims for their pain and suffering. Our team takes care of the paperwork and minute details so you can focus on your recovery.
In this article, we cover the symptoms of concussion head trauma and other head injuries. We hope that with this article we can educate on facts about head injuries and help people dealing with head injuries navigate their recovery.
Common Symptoms of Different Head Injuries
After sustaining a head injury from a personal injury accident, you may develop symptoms of brain fog. Brain fog can resolve on its own or with treatment or may be permanent. Symptoms of brain fog typically include:
- Attention or concentration problems
- Feeling slowed down
- Foggy or groggy
- Problems with short or long term memory
- Trouble thinking clearly/ confusion
Brain fog can result from injuries like whiplash, concussion, coup-contrecoup, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI). Whiplash injuries can happen in a car collision at speeds as low as 8 MPH. Whiplash can happen at such low speeds that you can walk away from an accident feeling fine, only to develop symptoms of a head injury later on. Although whiplash is commonly associated with car accident injuries, it can also occur on amusement park rides, by sports injuries, or by being punched or shaken.
If you have suffered a mild TBI or concussion, your symptoms may also include:
- Bothered by light or noise
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Feeling tired and having no energy
- Nausea or vomiting (early on)
- Vision problems
- Feeling more emotional
- Sleeping less or more than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
A doctor will be able to diagnose your head injury using an MRI or CT scan. Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your head injury. Treatments for head injuries range from medication, surgery, to physical therapy.
Head Trauma Can Happen Without a Direct Head Injury
Head trauma can happen without a strike to the head or loss of consciousness. One can suffer a head injury as a result of whiplash, which can lead to bleeding and swelling inside the skull. Even minor impact accidents can cause significant damages to the head, which is why no injury should be taken lightly. After an accident, always seek medical treatment, even if you feel fine.
Possible Risk Factors and Long-Term Effects
Complications can occur following a traumatic brain injury which can lead to long-term effects and even more complications. Some of these possible complications can be treated and resolved, but some can be permanent.
Many people with traumatic brain injuries experience changes in their cognitive ability. These changes may be permanent. A TBI can involve changes in the following skills:
- Attention or concentration
Post-concussive syndrome (PCS) is a condition that is most often associated with head injuries. This condition can last for weeks or months. Most people can recover from PCS with rest and by minimizing stress.
Concussion Risk by Age
Information gathered from “The Rise of Concussions in the Adolescent Population” on NCBI.
You can prevent head trauma before it happens to yourself or a loved one by knowing who is most at risk for head injuries. Children are particularly at high risk for head injuries such as concussions, which is why it’s important you educate your children on personal safety and the dangers of head injuries.
The study in which this information was gathered concludes that there has been a rise in concussions in the U.S. among adolescents. Because of these results, children, teens, and young adults should be focused on during further research of concussions.
Your Tampa Bay Catastrophic Injury Lawyers: Hancock Injury Attorneys
When an accident leaves you with a catastrophic injury, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. An attorney will be able to help you navigate the complexities of the law, put you in touch with doctors and medical care, and provide you with assistance if you need help getting around all so you can focus on your recovery.
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