Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for a Head InjuryDo I have a personal injury claim for a head injury? This is a question you are probably asking because you suffered a head injury in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, and you want to know if you have a personal injury claim where you can be compensated for your head injury.
Your head includes your skull and face. The primary purpose of your head is to protect and guard your brain from injury.
Your brain is covered in tough fibrous layers known as meninges and is bathed in fluid that provides a small amount of shock absorption. In addition, your head gives some bony protection to your brain.
Minor or serious
A head injury includes any kind of injury to your skull, scalp or brain. A head injury may be as minor as a little bump on your skull or a serious brain injury.
There are two ways that a head injury is classified. It is either classified as closed or open (penetrating).
A closed head injury is an injury resulting from a hard blow to your head, such as your head striking an object. This can occur with something like a slip and fall accident.
An open (penetrating) head injury occurs when your skull is hit with something that breaks your skull and goes into your brain. This may result from something like a car accident or gunshot.
A head injury may occur in several forms, but the two most common are:
A concussion - This is the most common type of head injury.
A contusion - This is a head injury involving a bruise on your brain.
The signs and symptoms resulting from a head injury may occur immediately or develop slowly over a period of hours. The following list of signs and symptoms are indicators of a serious head injury requiring emergency medical treatment. These include:
Vomiting or a stiff neck
A severe headache
Changes in the pupils of your eyes
Inability to move one or both of your limbs
Inability to hear, see, smell or taste
Blurred vision or slurred speech
Fluid draining from your nose, mouth or ears
A drop in blood pressure or a low breathing rate
Irritability, personality changes or unusual behavior (especially in children)
Confusion, drowsiness or loss of consciousness
Clumsiness, restlessness or lack of coordination
Initial improvement which is followed by signs and symptoms growing worse.
If your head injury is just a minor bump on the head, you may not need to pursue a personal injury claim. However, keep in mind that what appears to be a minor head injury may turn out to be a serious head injury with long-lasting consequences.
If you did suffer a serious head injury in some type of accident that was due to the negligence of another party, you do have a personal injury claim. In order to get all of the compensation you deserve for your head injury, you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
The wise thing to do is to let a personal injury attorney evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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