Blunt force head trauma has a high probability of leading to traumatic brain injuries, or shortened by the acronym, TBI. And so there can be the scenario where no object actually penetrates the cranium, but internal injuries occur nonetheless. A significant amount of blunt force head injuries lead to mild TBI, while a lesser percentage result in people suffering post-concussive syndrome. Post-concussive syndrome is an ongoing symptom of headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and depression.
How to Prevent Blunt Force Head Injury
Not all blunt force head injuries can be prevented. However, there are ways to mitigate the severe consequences associated with such an injury. First of all, while riding as a passenger in a car or operating a car, one should always wear a seatbelt and ensure that the airbags are in proper working order. Second, both bicyclists and motorcyclists should wear safety approved helmets to add a layer of protection in the event of an accident.
Concussions and Contusions
Blunt force trauma to the head results in one of two types of injuries. Violent shaking of the brain causes concussions, and contusions mean bleeding of the brain. There are instances when it is an issue that resolves on its own with little lasting damage.
Coup injuries occur when a moving object impacts a stationary head. Someone is hit in the head by a baseball, or flying debris, are just a couple of examples of how this type of injury can occur.
Classic evidence of both types of injuries is contusions, also known as intracerebral hemorrhage, occurring in a focal area of the brain. The prognosis depends on the person and the type and extent of the injury. The full effects of a traumatic brain injury may not be known for some time, can often be long-lasting or permanent, and are notoriously difficult to determine how much recovery of function someone will have.
Blunt Force Head Trauma Symptoms and Injuries
A blunt force head trauma victim may show immediate symptoms, or the symptoms may develop more slowly over hours or days. Symptoms of a TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Partial paralysis involving only one area of the body
- Personality changes
- Slurred Speech
- Blurred vision
- Severe headaches
- Diminished coordination
Choose a New York City accident attorney who has experience in brain injury cases, as they differ from other types of injuries. An attorney experienced with brain injury claims will know the extent of possible damages and fight to get what you deserve.