Often an outcome of motoring and cycling accidents; slips, trips and falls from height, head injuries can range in severity from somewhat minor bumps to possibly life-changing, even fatal brain damage. Injuries to the head can be either open or closed.
Open head injuries
Penetrating, or open head wounds mean someone was hit by an object and the object entered the brain after breaking the skull. High speed car accidents are common causes of such injuries.
Closed head injuries
When someone is hit on the head by an object and the skull is not broken, the wound is referred to as a closed head injury.
Head injuries following a road traffic accident, for example, may consist of scalp wounds, skull fractures or concussion, which, involving shaking of the brain, is the most commonly experienced traumatic brain injury. Because such injuries could cause swelling or bleeding within brain tissue or within the layers surrounding the brain, individuals sustaining injuries to the head should always seek medical attention as soon as possible, but especially if they are experiencing any or all of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal behaviour
- Severe headaches or a stiff neck
- Pupils of unequal sizes
- Inability to move limbs
- Vomiting repeatedly
- Severe face or head bleeding
Help should also be sought immediately if the person is confused, loses consciousness even for a brief period of time or stops breathing.
The consequences of brain injuries following a vehicle collision can be devastating. Because it is not always possible to determine at a glance how serious an injury to the head is, especially if there is no bleeding, it is highly recommended to see a doctor or visit a hospital as soon after the traffic accident as possible.
Should you sustain a head injury in a traffic related accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for passenger or driver injury compensation. A timely visit to the doctor or hospital will not only potentially save your life, it will also serve to ensure your injury and any treatments or medication you required are documented in your medical records, which will help in proving your entitlement to claim.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice