Head Injuries Claims Lawyer
Serving Head Injury Victims
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury
each year, including nearly half a million children; of those, approximately
52,000 people die. Traumatic brain injuries are a major public health
concern in the United States due to the fact that such injuries contribute
to a large number of deaths and serious cases of permanent disability.
Head injury is a generalized term that refers to injuries to the skull,
scalp, and brain; they are often referred to as traumatic brain injuries
or TBI. A head injury is classified as closed or open (penetrating); trauma
to the head can be a minor bump to the head to a serious and life-threatening
With a closed injury, one receives a hard blow to the head from striking
an object or an object striking the head; however, the object does not
fracture the skull. With an open or penetrating head injury, the head
is hit by an object that breaks the skull and enters into the brain. These
types of injures commonly occur at high speeds and are often caused by
Types of Head Injuries
There are different types of head injuries including but not limited to:
- Skull fractures
- Lacerations to the scalp resulting in hemorrhage
- Traumatic subdural hematoma (bleeding below the dura mater)
- Cerebral contusion (bruising of the brain)
- Shaken baby syndrome (a type of child abuse)
- Traumatic extradural or epidural hematoma (bleeding between the dura mater
Common causes of head injuries include:
motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents and
motorcycle accidents. For those that have sustained a serious head injury, the person should
have a non-contrast CT of their head immediately, and an MRI is also another
option. Due to the fact that head injuries can be life-threatening, it's
important that even people with seemingly minor injuries be under close
observation since severe symptoms can set in later on. Often times when
people are released from a hospital with minor head trauma, their caretakers
are advised to wake the patient frequently over the next 24 hours and
to be watchful for worsening symptoms.
Tips for Head Injuries
Although a mild head injury may not need treatment, it's important
to note that symptoms of a serious head injury may appear later on. For
this reason, friends, family and parents or caregivers of children need
to learn what to watch out for after a head injury. This is what someone
should do after a head injury:
- If a head wound is deep or bleeding profusely, don't wash it.
- If there is an object embedded in the skull, do not remove it.
- Do not move the person unless you absolutely have to.
- If the person is dazed and confused, do not shake them.
- If the suspect has a serious head injury, do not remove their helmet.
- If a fallen child has a sign of head injury, do not pick them up.
- Do not drink any alcohol within 48 hours after sustaining a serious head injury.
When to call 911: 1) if there is heavy bleeding, 2) if the person is confused
or unconscious, 3) if the person isn't breathing or they stop breathing,
and 4) you suspect a serious neck or head injury. Head injuries are commonly
associated with personal injury accidents, especially those involving
motor vehicle collisions. If you have sustained a head injury in or around
Houston, then you are urged to
contact an attorney from
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. to discuss your options for filing a claim for monetary compensation.