Closed Head Injuries
While the common image of a head injury involves a cracked skull, many brain injuries are not readily visible. If there has been an impact to the head, there could still be injury even if the skull is not broken. These are referred to as closed head injuries, and they can be as dangerous, if not more so, than a cracked skull. There also does not need to be a traumatic accident to result in a closed head injury. Many common activities carry a high risk of head impact, including but not limited too cycling, riding recreational vehicles, and various sports. There are several different types of brain injuries which fall under this category, such as concussion, contusion, and hematoma. Un-diagnosed and untreated closed head injuries can be devastating, and lead to permanent impairment or disability. It is very important to recognize the signs of a possible closed head injury, and seek medical attention right away if you suspect a loved one might be affected.
Symptoms May Include:
Symptoms may include:
– Short-term memory loss
– Dilated pupils or fuzzy vision
– Sensitivity to light and/or noise
– Neurological effects such as change in behavior, emotional swings, confusion, and trouble concentrating
More serious closed head injuries have correspondingly more serious symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the below, go to an emergency room immediately.
– Seizures or convulsions
– Pupils which continually change size and dilation
– Loss of consciousness
– Severe impairment of any of the senses
– Clear or bloody liquid from eyes, nose, or ears
– Inability to move a limb or other body part
– Drop in blood pressure
– Stiff neck and/or severe headache
– A sudden worsening of symptoms
Protect Your Rights:
The advice of a good lawyer can help you determine your best possible options when recovering from closed head Injuries and making sure your rights and best interests are protected. The closed head injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Garcia and Ochoa can help answer all of those questions. We recognize that everyone is an individual and that not every case is the same. We start by listening and for 28 years, our firm has been helping people across the country obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.