Suffering From a Head Injury After a Car Accident? Here is What to Expect…
A head injury is any kind of injury to your brain, skull, or scalp. Head injuries can be small, such as a bump or bruise, or life-altering like traumatic brain injury. Head injuries are common after a car accident. They can include concussions, skull fractures, or scalp wounds. The injury itself can be open, meaning that something breaks through the skull and strikes the brain, or closed. Bleeding may be visible or invisible. No matter the type of injury experienced, if you are involved in a car accident and hurt your head, seek immediate medical attention.
Major Types of Head Injuries
There are a number of head injuries that are associated with car accidents. Common ones include:
- Concussion (brain hits the walls of the skull)
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (damage to brain cells)
- Edema (swelling of the brain)
- Hematoma (collection or clotting of blood outside the blood vessels)
- Hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding)
- Broken Skull (break of fracture of the skull bone)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain)
When to Get Help
Headaches, lightheadedness, a spinning sensation, mild confusion, nausea, temporary ringing in the ears, loss of consciousness, seizures, vomiting, balance or coordination problems, abnormal eye movements, memory loss, persistent or worsening headaches, changes in mood, and leaking clear fluid from the ear or nose are symptoms of mild to severe head injuries. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following a car accident, seek immediate medical attention.
How Head Injuries are Treated
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. Hospitalization may be required for the most serious of head injuries. Treatment may include:
What to Expect During Recovery
Prognosis for recovery following a serious head injury depends on the severity of your injury. Minor injuries may resolve themselves quickly with no lasting consequences. More serious injuries may involve permanent changes to personality, physical abilities, and ability to think. Especially if the victim is a child, a head injury can be life-altering.
Have You Suffered a Head Injury in a Car Accident?
The Louisiana Car Accident Lawyers at Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick LLC are experienced in representing individuals who are seriously injured in car accidents. Especially if the injury suffered is to the head, medical care and treatment will be timely and costly. For help recovering head injury compensation, contact the Louisiana Car Accident Lawyers to schedule your free case evaluation. We have three convenient offices located throughout the state in New Orleans 888-601-0127, Baton Rouge 225-612-0800, or Lafayette 337-409-0003. Appointments can be scheduled online or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The law offices of Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick LLC also represent victims of serious injuries or death because of the negligence of another person. Focusing on car accident claims, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, motorcycle accident claims, boating accident claims, and nursing home abuse, we are available to help you anytime. Book an online appointment with one of our lawyers today to begin your legal representation.