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Head Injuries: It’s All About the Symptoms

Head injuries should never be taken lightly. Whether the pain is a slight annoyance or constant throbbing, you should never ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Though there are different types of head injuries and different levels of aches, you should still be aware of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Different Types of Injury

There are different types of head injuries you may experience. For example, you could suffer from a mild, moderate, or severe injury.

A severe head injury is the worst, resulting in what could be physiological changes to the brain. Different head injuries that could result in brain trauma include: closed head injuries, penetrating injuries, anoxic injuries, and toxic injuries.

It’s important to know what type of head injury you’re suffering from, to understand the exact damage and proper treatment methods. There are different ways to access this information.

First, there is the Glasgow Coma Scale that rates the degree of the injury and finds how responsive you may be following an accident. There is also a Glasgow Scale that helps to determine your prognosis, and whether or not you will regain consciousness or independence. The Rancho Los Amigos Scale is known to test receptive skills.

If you are suffering from a mild brain injury you might hear the term, subtle acquired brain injury. Those who suffer from this level of injury usually don’t lose consciousness. Different affects that may occur include psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety. Specifically, if you are experiencing dizziness, fatigue, nausea, having problems with organization and short-term memory loss, then you may be suffering from a mild head injury.

A moderate head injury is the least type of injury to be concerned with, but should still be dealt with appropriately. In fact, any type of pain or headache you may be experiencing should never be ignored. No matter what degree of pain you are experiencing you should always make an appointment to see a physician when suffering head trauma. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Responsible Parties

Depending on how you sustained your head injury, you may be entitled to receive some sort of compensation for medical bills or related purposes.

For instance, if you were in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you should considering legal action. Also, if you sustained your injury while at work, then you may be in the position to file a post-accident claim.

You may choose to research IL4U when searching for legal and professional representation. Before hiring a lawyer or team of lawyers, you want to make sure and find the best possible candidate(s) for you and your needs. It’s important to fight for your rights and receive what is yours.

Recovery

No two head injuries are the same, so the severity of your case is will determine how quickly you recover.

In the worst cases, especially those with severe head injuries, rehabilitation may take place. This process could take weeks or months, depending on the victim, and helps to stimulate the brain and redesign the network that controls the neurons.

This is a guest post by Linda, a freelance writer who shares her thoughts about health law-related topics on various blogs.

Higher Risk For Elderly Head Injuries

Did you know that a senior citizen not only has a higher risk of suffering a head injury and is more likely to have a more severe injury?

Unfortunately, accidents happen and can have serious consequences with head injuries being one of them. The most common causes of head injuries in the elderly are falls, closely followed by road traffic accidents. Head injuriesfrom road traffic accidents are often severe, and need several months of rehabilitation, but even minor head injuries can lead to complications.

Subdural hematoma is a possible result of a head injury, and is a highly common result of a minor head injury in the elderly. What happens with this condition is that tiny veins between the surface of the brain and its outer covering stretch and tear, allowing blood to collect. In the elderly, the veins are often already stretched because of brain atrophy (shrinkage) and are therefore more easily injured. The symptoms of subdural hematoma are:

  • Confused speech
  • Visual disturbances
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty with balance or walking
  • Headache
  • Lethargy or confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

If you spot any of these symptoms get medical assistance immediately.  Emergency surgery is often the only way to reduce the pressure within the brain. Recovery varies from patient to patient depending on which area of the brain was mostly affected.
A brain injury is a likelihood of this condition especially if medical negligence is involved meaning the condition was not detected in time. If a brain injury has been sustained then rehabilitation and extra care is required. In this case you may well be entitled to compensation. If you decide to claim compensation be sure to consult with a lawyer who specialises in head and brain injury claims, as these cases vary from the procedures of other personal injury claims. Experience and empathy skills are required for such cases, as it often takes a long time to calculate the right amount of compensation including rehabilitation options that you require. It’s best to find a lawyer you like and trust as you will be spending a lot of time together in a very emotional atmosphere.
Prevention of head injuries is the best way to protect yourself from subdural hematomas. When out and about, wear the right type of equipment. For instance if you’re cycling or on a motorbike, wear a helmet, or if you’re susceptible to falls be sure to have someone with you.

For the elderly to avoid accidents around the house, install grip bars in showers and bathrooms, cover high gloss flooring with padded, wall to wall carpeting and try to avoid using stairs.

Getting medical help fast is urgent. The quicker you can get emergency care the  better. Invest in a emergency medical pendant for seniors living alone.