Truck Collision Closed Head Injuries
The violent collision forces typical of a truck accident can result in serious head injuries. A closed head injury is a form of trauma, during which the brain is injured due to a blow to the head or a violent motion that causes the brain to collide with the skull. Closed head injuries differ from open head injuries because there are no objects penetrating the brain.
Types of Closed Head Injuries
Closed head injuries can involve anything from mild skull damage to traumatic brain injuries. There are several common types of closed head injuries, including:
- Concussions. Concussions are head injuries that temporarily impact normal brain function. Most concussions are mild, though they can be severe, and they may even result in a loss of consciousness.
- Brain contusions. These are bruises of the brain tissue resulting from brain trauma. Since brain contusions can lead to permanent neurological damage, you should seek immediate medical treatment after any head injury.
- Intracranial hematoma. This type of hematoma occurs when the brain is forced against the inside of the skull, causing bleeding. Pooled blood in the brain, or between the brain and the skull, can lead to seizures or loss of consciousness.
Symptoms and Treatment
Since there is no external wound, closed head injuries can be difficult to diagnose. Severe closed head injury symptoms generally surface immediately, while symptoms of mild injury sometimes take weeks to develop. The symptoms of a closed head injury may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cognitive disabilities
- Loss of consciousness
- Convulsions and seizures
- Vision problems
- Speech and language problems
- Behavioral and emotional changes
Treatment options for a closed head injury will depend on the severity of the damage done. Mild injuries may only require pain relievers and bed rest, while severe injuries will need surgery to drain clotted blood deposits.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve sustained head injuries due to a truck accident, your first priority must be to seek immediate medical attention. Then, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible, in order to protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.