Did You Hit Your Head in an Accident? Be Alert to These Signs of Serious Injury
Bumps, blows, and sudden jolts to the head are among the most common types of personal injury. They can occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents involving drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, due to a slip or fall, and as the result of sports or recreational activities. While you may be tempted to downplay the situation, particularly if the accident itself was minor or you do not experience immediate symptoms, the fact is that head injuries can have lasting impacts which affect every area of your life. The following are symptoms to be alert for, along with information about potential complications that can arise.
Symptoms of Head Injuries
Even relatively minor injuries to the head can cause a temporary disruption of the brain’s normal functioning. Commonly known as a concussion, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) states that these are one of the most common types of personal injury and have the potential to be among the most severe. Symptoms may be subtle and can go undetected by the victim or their family members and friends for days, weeks, months, or even years afterward. When any type of accident occurs in which a head injury is suspected, it is important to be alert for the following:
- Intense or prolonged headaches;
- Trouble focusing on objects and blurred vision;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Slurred speech;
- Sensitivity to light or sound;
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy;
- Impaired balance and coordination;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Loss of either short or long term memory;
- Lack of concentration or inability to understand what is being said.
Even if you do not experience noticeable symptoms, seek medical attention for any type of head injury right away. In many cases, they can have subtle, yet serious, impacts on a person’s mental health and personality. Victims often experience mood disorders, such as depression and increased anxiety, while being more prone to anger or even flying into fits of rage.
Preventing Head Injury Complications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that victims of concussion or other types of head injuries are often not aware of their condition. Unfortunately, when these types of injuries go undiagnosed or untreated, they can end up having potentially life threatening consequences.
During recovery from a head injury, it is important to take it easy. While symptoms may clear up on their own within several months, follow your doctor’s instructions in terms of returning to work or to your usual activities to avoid complications. Be particularly cautious when driving and when resuming sports or hobbies to prevent another bump or blow to the head. Suffering repetitive head injuries can leave you with potentially permanent impairments.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Head injuries should be taken seriously. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we provide professional legal representation so you can get compensation for the medical costs, lost wages, or other damages you suffer. Reach out and contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney today to request a consultation to see how we can help you.