Closed Head Injury

Although we typically think of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurring with some kind of skull fracture, impact or penetration to the skull, a closed head injury can be just as serious and still result to a traumatic injury to the brain. Closed head injuries are injuries that happen to the brain, even though the skull doesn’t sustain a fracture. A blow to the head can cause the brain to shift violently inside of the skull. We often see closed head injuries in car accidents and youth sports. It’s important to note that concussions are a form of closed head injuries. It is possible to suffer brain damage from a concussion, no matter how mild it initially seems. If you or your child has suffered from any kind of concussion or closed head injury due to another person’s dangerous or negligent actions, you should always seek immediate medical evaluation and treatment and contact a personal injury lawyer.

Concussions Are Closed Head Injuries

With research continuing to emerge about the implications, duration and treatment of concussions, one thing is for sure. They’re much more damaging than we were once told to believe. Additionally, the length of time to recover from them is much longer that initially thought. A bump on the head or even mild concussion can cause the brain to become injured within the skull. This closed head injury can still leave victims with mild, moderate, severe or even catastrophic symptoms for a period of weeks, months, years or longer. If you think you’ve suffered from a concussion or if you think your child might have sustained a closed head injury, contact a doctor immediately. Listed below are some red flag warning signs that can be associated with closed head injuries and concussions.

Brain Injury Red Flags
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Personality changes
  • Any type of paralysis
  • Speech problems
  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Coordination problems
  • Difficulty remember things
  • Headaches
Youth Sports and Closed Head Injuries

With ongoing research being conducted about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), we’re learning that even children who only ever played sports in school, football especially, can have lifelong impacts from these seemingly minor closed head injuries. No concussion or closed head injury should ever be taken lightly. These seemingly minor head injuries need to be taken as seriously as the more moderate or even severe concussions and traumatic brain injuries. A closed head injury, especially if re-injured shortly after the initial hit, can lead to a lifetime of mental, cognitive and emotional disorders. If your child plays a youth sport, especially if it’s football, talk to him or her about concussions and make sure you’re on the same page with the youth sport’s program about treatment, time off and other factors associated with concussions during practices and games.

Closed Head Injuries in Car Accidents

Car accidents are another frequent cause of closed head injuries. For people who’ve been rear-ended or t-boned, there is an especially high risk. Anytime your body is jolted to one side or another, if the force is great enough, your brain can essentially rattle around in your head. You don’t necessarily have to lose consciousness after suffering from a closed head injury, so it’s essential after any type of car accident to get evaluated by a medical doctor, even if you initially feel ‘okay.’ It can take a day or two for that initial adrenaline rush to wear off. Your body was in a fight or flight mode and you might not feel the pain of injuries until the next day or two. Where you’re head is concerned, don’t take any chances, especially if you have any of the red flag warning signs or symptoms of a closed head injury.

Jackson Closed Head Injury Attorney

In the past, we’ve heard of closed head injuries and concussions called invisible injuries. You might look okay on the outside, but if your brain has been damaged, you could be facing long-term symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury. If you even remotely suspect that you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion or closed head injury, whether there was a loss of consciousness or not, you need to see a doctor immediately. If you’re not sure what to do or you’re having trouble dealing with your insurance company after a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a closed head injury due to somebody else’s negligence in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation.

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