Common accident injuries: head injury signs and symptoms
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), car accidents are the leading cause of head injury or brain injury. Other major causes of head injuries are bicycle wrecks, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Each year, more than half a million head injuries, also known as brain injuries are severe enough to cause hospitalization.
Head injuries may be either closed, or open. Closed injuries occur when thehit hard by an object. These are the most common types of car-accident caused head injuries. Head injuries can be minor bumps that are heal within days or they may result in severe permanent brain damage.
Types of head injuries
1. A concussion is a jarring injury to the brain, A person with a concussion may pass out for a while. They may feel dazed or lose vision or balance after the injury.
2. A brain contusion is a bruise on the brain. This means there is bleeding in the brain that causes swelling.
3. A skull fracture occurs when the skull cracks. Broken bones can cut into the brain and cause bleeding.
4. A hematoma is formed when fluids from bleeding in the brain collect and form a blood A hematoma may not form for days or even weeks after the accident.
General symptoms of head injury may include
• Losing consciousness even momentarily
• Not remembering the injury
• Blurred vision, strange smells or a funny taste in one’s mouth
• Speech problems
• Mood changes
• Memory problems
• Dizziness, vertigo or nausea
Other symptoms may include difficulty interacting and problems with motor skills. If an accident victim exhibits any unusual symptoms in the weeks following the accident, it is a good thing to get checked by a doctor.
Get medical help immediately for any of the following symptoms
• Nausea that is severe or doesn’t go away
• Changes in behavior, such as irritability or confusion
• Dilated pupils or pupils of different sizes
• Trouble walking or speaking
• Drainage of blood or clear, sweet fluid from the ears or nose
• Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
• Any symptom such as headaches or sleepiness that gets worse
If you’ve been in an accident and have any of these symptoms, you may have a brain injury. The Los Angeles law firm of Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie has successfully represented Southern California personal injury cases since 1974. Call 866-981-5596 today for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case and advise you on how best to proceed. If you need help finding a lawyer, write for our free book: Avoid Lawyer Advertising Hype! A lawyers method for finding a lawyer.