Children hit their heads all the time and go about their day like nothing’s happened – but as you get older, the fear of head trauma often increases. Motor vehicle accidents or work-related injuries can both cause head injuries.
If you have recently injured your head, there may be more underlying issues than a bruise and headache. Here’s what you should know:
Issues following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
You may have heard of someone hitting their head and going cross-eyed or speaking another language, but these are just rare examples of what head trauma can do. People often experience life-altering injuries without realizing there could be long-term health concerns.
You could experience:
- Concussion: One of the more commonly known brain injuries. You may have heard about concussions related to car accidents, a bad fall or a sports injury. Concussions occur when something causes your head to shake violently, injuring fragile blood vessels and nerves inside your brain.
- Contusion: Your head isn’t the only thing that may bruise after getting hit – your brain can bruise. Your brain may even swell and bleed. Fractures and blood clots may occur alongside contusions.
- Skull fractures: There are four major types of skull fractures. The most serious as an adult could be either a depressed skull fracture or a basilar skull fracture. Depressed skull fractures are breaks in the skull that sinks into the head leaving behind a crater. Basilar skull fractures are breaks in the lower portion of the skull that breach into the brain coverings and cause complications.
Brain injuries can lead to long-term medical problems without the proper treatment. A brain injury caused because of the negligence of another could give you the right to recover from your losses.