Head and Face Injury
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of head and face injuries – ranging from mild strains to severe, life-threatening injuries that can lead to paralysis or even death. In fact, head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults.
Here are some insights into the primary causes of head and face injuries, as well as common symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments.
Contact the Moore Law Firm and get in touch with a head injury lawyer or face injury lawyer to start building a case against the persons or institutions who are liable for your injuries.
Head and Face Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
A head injury refers to any trauma that occurs to the skill, brain, face, or the underlying tissues and blood vessels.
According to the CDC, the occurrence of head injuries is rising rapidly, and it is estimated that 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury – TBI – each year.
Many of these injuries to the head and face are caused by car accidents – since the sudden forces can cause you to be thrown or hit objects in the vehicle. Head injuries can also be caused by falling on hard surfaces or being struck by a heavy object.
The symptoms of head and face injuries vary depending on the severity. Symptoms are also not limited to the area that was directly affected.
Symptoms can arise at the scene of the accident, but often they are observed a while after it has happened because the rush of adrenaline has worn off. This rush can mask pain within the moment, but it is necessary to recognize the symptoms that can arise later on because they can get progressively worse if not treated.
The symptoms associated with mild head injuries can include the following: bumps and bruises, superficial cuts in the scalp, headaches, irritability, lightheadedness, confusion, and nausea. You may even experience problems with balance or sensitivity to light and noise.
More severe injuries that require immediate medical attention have symptoms that include loss of consciousness, severe headaches, loss of short-term memory, and slurred speech. Individuals with severe head injuries may experience repeated vomiting and nausea, difficulty walking, and weakness in an area of the body.
Diagnosing Head Injuries
Properly diagnosing a head and face injury can be difficult, since there is such a broad spectrum of symptoms. The first step is explaining to your doctor how the accident happened and all details regarding your symptoms.
Based on this information, medical specialists may recommend an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or a visit to a neurologist.
An X-ray will show images of internal bones and tissues, while a CT scan shows more detailed images of muscles and organs. A magnetic resonance imaging scan, or an MRI, uses magnets to produce images of the brain to determine where the trauma is located.
Additional diagnostics may include blood tests and EEGs – an electroencephalogram – which records the brain’s electrical activity.
The diagnostics will allow doctors to determine if you have a concussion, skull fracture, or a hemorrhage that is causing your symptoms.
Treating Head & Face Injuries
The treatment for head and face injuries is highly dependent on the diagnosis you receive, as well as the severity of the trauma. Treatment can range from pain medication and physical therapy to surgery.
When it comes to pain medication prescribed to treat minor head injuries, it is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions. While acetaminophens like Tylenol can be effective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen can actually make bleeding worse.
Similarly, you may be kept in the hospital for observation and be required to take time to rest so the injury can heal properly.
If you have an open wound, you will likely have it cleaned and covered with a bandage – if it is a deep cut, you may need staples or sutures to close it up.
Severe injuries are associated with more extensive treatments and require a longer time to recover. Serious head or face injuries can have lasting consequences – such as difficulty performing daily tasks and difficulties with memory loss. This may require ongoing treatment and care, such as physical therapy.
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Getting Compensation for Your Head or Face Injury
If you are struggling with the symptoms and treatment after suffering a head or face injury, you know how it can affect your life. Medical bills can pile up to astronomical amounts, your ability to work may be partially or completely limited, and you may need help with your daily activities. Not to mention the emotional distress such an injury can cause.
We here at Moore Law Firm can handle head and face injury cases. We are well aware of how such an injury impacts our clients and know what evidence to bring to support a claim and how to negotiate with insurance companies or the other parties involved.
If you are in the recovery process from a head or face injury, it’s important to focus on your health and follow your doctor’s and lawyer’s instructions closely, as they can greatly influence your case.