You may have heard of a type of traumatic brain injury known as a closed-head injury. This is a brain injury that occurs when there is no outward sign of damage.
Some people suffer mild to moderate brain injuries in falls or auto accidents without realizing it. An injury can result from a blow to the head or a sudden violent motion that causes the brain to hit against the interior of the skull. A person suffering a closed-head injury may or may not lose consciousness.
A closed-head injury is different from other types of traumatic brain injury in that no object penetrates the skull and injures the brain. Even though the damage is not visible, the effects of a closed-head injury can be devastating and permanent. Symptoms can include:
- Cognitive impairments
- Memory problems
- Difficultly following instructions
- Headaches, nausea and dizziness
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Mood changes or irritability
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
Family members are often the first to notice that their loved one is not the same after an accident. Always see your doctor if you or someone you love receives a blow to the head or experiences a sudden acceleration/deceleration (shaking) of the head. Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may go away with rest. However, a person who suffers a brain injury needs to be monitored closely, as symptoms may not go away and could grow worse.
If the brain injury was the result of an accident caused by another person, you may also wish to consult an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation to help you pay for your medical care, lost wages, and other losses.
The law firm of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP in Miami offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your rights if you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury.