Head Injuries - St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
The symptoms of a head injury may develop immediately or gradually and vary according to their severity.
Head injuries are generally categorized as open or closed injuries. A closed head injury is when a the head is impacted by an object, however the skull is not broken. An open head injury, on the other hand, is when the impact is strong enough to break the skull and possibly even impact the brain.
The following are common symptoms of a head injury after a car accident:
- Convulsions or seizures
- Stiff neck
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech or blurred vision
- Inability to move one or move limbs
- Confusion or drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness
- Restlessness or lack of coordination
- Distorted facial features
- Bruising or swelling at the site of injury
Even if there is not a visible sign of injury, it is still possible to sustain a brain injury. This fact highlights the importance of seeking medical attention as soon as possible if you are involved in a car accident, even if you feel fine initially. It is possible that your spinal cord may also have sustained an injury, which can result in serious complications.
Treatment, of course, depends on the severity of the head injury. Most head injuries can be treated with pain medication and close monitoring of the patient. More severe head injuries may require extensive treatment, including seizure medication, insertion of a breathing tube to ensure a proper oxygen supply, and surgery.
Because of brain is responsible for nearly all of our body’s functions, a serious injury can lead to other complications affecting other parts of the body. It may result in weakness and numbness in the limbs, or in severe cases it can even lead to paralysis.
If you or a loved one have suffered a head injury in a St. Louis car accident, it is important to speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney as soon as possible. Head injuries often require extensive, on-going medical treatment. An attorney can ensure your legal right to financial compensation is protected.
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