About Closed Head Injuries
What is a Closed Head Injury?
A closed head injury is a trauma suffered to the head in which the continuity of the scalp and mucous membranes are maintained.A closed head injury may range from mild to severe and may also either be confined to one part of the brain or spread throughout multiple parts of the brain. A closed head injury is different than an open head injury in that no object actually pierces through the brain.
Typically, when a closed head injury takes place, the symptoms are immediately noticeable.Symptoms for a closed head injury consist of the following:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Dilated Pupils
- Difficulty Communicating
- Vision Problems
- Respiratory Difficulty
- Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Leakage from nose or ears
If a forceful impact causes a person’s brain to knock against the skull, the brain will be injured as a consequence. This forceful impact is usually caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident, physical sports play, or some form of violence.
Various damages can occur with a closed head injury, including:
- Hospital stay
- Speech and language impairment
- Employment issues
- Decreased visual acuity
Treatment for a closed head injury depends on what particular damage was done and the severity of the injury. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine the extent of your injury due to the various factors.In general, the prognosis is better if you were unconscious or in a coma for a shorter amount of time.
If you or a loved one received a closed head injury due to an accident, you can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700 or by entering your information in the Case Evaluation Form.