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
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.