closed head Injury
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
One of the most common injuries in a car accident or a slip and fall accident is a head injury, specifically a closed head injury. Over a million people each year suffer a brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Brain injuries can range from mild to traumatic; however, all brain injuries should be considered serious. Anyone who is injured in an accident should seek immediate medical attention. In the case of a closed head injury, you may not be aware that you have suffered a brain injury. A closed head injury does not result in much, if any, outside trauma to the head. However, a closed head injury can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI). If not treated, a TBI can be fatal.
What Is A Closed Head Injury?
Diagnosing a closed head injury can be difficult because of the lack of external damage to the head. In many cases, doctors look for symptoms including:
- Loss of consciousness, although this is not required for a brain injury to occur
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Cognitive difficulties
- Loss of sleep or excessive fatigue/drowsiness
- Eating problems
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Mood changes, depression, or mood swings
Some symptoms of a closed head injury may not appear for several hours after the accident or the day following the accident. It is very important to see a doctor as soon as possible to protect your health and your ability to recover damages in a personal injury claim.
Proving A Closed Head Injury
It can be difficult to prove a closed head injury occurred because of an accident for the same reasons it can be difficult to diagnose a closed head injury – lack of external physical trauma. You must look at the secondary symptoms of a brain injury to prove that a closed head injury occurred. You must also tie the injury directly to the accident in order to recover compensation for damages from the party who caused the accident. You need a personal injury attorney who is familiar with how head injuries occur as well as understand the personal injury laws that govern accident claims in Louisiana. Your accident attorney must understand how to use evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records to establish that an injury occurred and the injury was the result of the accident. An experienced Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer understands how to utilize the available evidence to hold the person who caused your accident accountable for his or her actions.
Call A Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured, seek medical attention and then call our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer for advice. You can contact Attorney Peyton Murphy of the Murphy Law Firm by calling 225-928-8800 or by using our online contact form. We do not charge for the first consultation; therefore, there is no reason why you should not get sound legal advice from a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney BEFORE you discuss your injury with the insurance adjuster for the other party. We want to protect your right to receive compensation for your injury. Call our office now at 225-928-8800 to schedule your free consultation.