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Information About Head Injuries

Head injuries can include both closed head injuries where there is blunt force trauma to the head and no splitting of the skull and penetrating injuries where there is penetration of the skull by bone fragments. A penetrating head injury can also lead to foreign matter entering the skull, causing an infection. Head injuries may or may not result in brain injuries.

Causes & Effects of Head Injuries

Head injuries may result from a fall or from being struck by a heavy object or load in the workplace. When a worker is trapped in a collapsed mine, hit by falling debris, or slips through scaffolding, the impact of the accident can cause head injuries that will vary in severity. Head injuries may be caused not just by the direct physical impact of heavy force on the head, but also by secondary factors that are set off after the accident such as swelling in the skull, interruption of blood circulation, and damage to the nerve fibers in the skull. Both primary and secondary injuries can have long-term and devastating effects on a person's health. Some of the most common types of head injuries include:

  • Skull Fracture: A skull fracture may be visible in the form of bleeding, swelling, and bruising near the area, or may not be visible at all. A skull fracture denotes a significant head injury that may lead to brain injury.
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage: There may be bleeding inside the skull or the formation of blood clots.
  • Cerebral Contusion: Cerebral contusion may cause damage manifested in memory / attention problems.
  • Concussion: A concussion can cause a temporary lack of awareness, disorientation, confusion, and lack of memory that can last for a few minutes or a few hours after the head injury.

Not all head injuries result in brain injuries, but brain injuries are almost always caused when significant pressure or force is applied to the head. The level and intensity of the injury may vary depending on the severity of the head injury. Traumatic brain injuries are commonly seen as a result of falls from high points or after being struck in the head.

With mild forms, the victim may experience increased sensitivity to noise and light, depression, memory loss, and attention deficit problems. Moderate traumatic brain injury can cause motor and cognitive impairment that requires extensive therapy and rehabilitation to treat. In severe traumatic brain injury, the victim remains in a vegetative state, coma, or a minimally responsive state. A victim of a severe traumatic brain injury may require round-the-clock care.

Arnold & Itkin: Protecting Head Injury Victims

At our legal team of Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have a track record of success. Over the years, we have been successful in handling some of the most complex of personal injury claims and have shown our clients that they can rely upon us should they or a loved one suffer a workplace injury relating to a head injury. If you find yourself in a situation such as this, it is in your best interests to consult with an industrial injury attorney from our legal team today.

Client's portion of total recovery may be subject to Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement claims, Medicare/Medicaid liens or other third-party claims or liens. These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Arnold & Itkin, LLP. These listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

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