According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million people become victims of head injuries or brain trauma in the United States each year. Many unfortunate events can lead to a traumatic head or brain injury, but the most common causes include motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, assault and battery, and workplace accidents. All of these accidents involve some sort of blunt force trauma to the head or skull. Depending on the circumstance, the head can shake or whip, causing the brain to collide with the inner skull, or it can suffer fractures, lesions internal bleeding, and more.
Head and Brain Trauma
Head injuries are extremely serious, and can often lead to a long and difficult medical recovery. The problem with head injuries, however, is that they do not always appear serious at first. Sometimes, a person can suffer a head injury, but not display any indications of brain trauma. In these cases, it is still vital to seek medical care to ensure there is no underlying internal bleeding or brain injury. It is possible to have an accident and suffer head trauma, but not show signs of injury for days or even weeks later. And by that time, it can be too late to treat. One of the most common causes of death as a result of a head injury is a person believing they are fine, when in fact, their brain is seriously injured.
A common head injury phenomenon is called “talk and die” syndrome. This is when a person seems normal after an accident involving head trauma, even speaking and carrying on with their daily routines, but then dies a few days later from internal bleeding in the brain. This is one example of how head injuries can play tricks on people. No matter how minor you think your head injury is, always seek professional medical care afterwards to ensure there is no internal damage.
Common Signs of Brain Trauma Include:
• Slurred Speech
• Extreme Fatigue
• Mental Confusion
• Extreme Mood Changes
• Dilated Pupils
• Difficulty Walking
• And More
It is possible for brain injuries to get worse with improper medical treatment. For example, it is common for brain injuries to be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. And if the injury goes untreated, a patient can die. If negligent medical care is rendered for a patient suffering from brain trauma, they deserve justice. If you or a loved one recently suffered a head injury that was not properly treated by medical professionals, it is critical to retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. They have the knowledge and resources to protect your rights as a victim, or as the family of a victim, and recover compensation for your damages and losses.