It can be very confusing to figure out what to do if you hit your head and have suffered injuries in an accident or mishap. As soon as you are able, you should get medical attention. Head injuries can be severe—even life-threatening. You could have bleeding in the brain without realizing it until it is too late.
If someone else’s carelessness caused you to get hurt, you can work with a lawyer to go after financial damages. Talk with a traumatic brain injury lawyer Florida as soon as possible to avoid the pitfalls that could hurt the settlement value of your injury claim.
Symptoms of a Head Injury in an Adult
The Mayo Clinic urges you to call 911 or your local emergency number if you have any of these signs after hitting your head, as they can indicate severe head trauma:
- Significant bleeding from your head or face
- Blood or other fluid coming from your nose or ears
- Severe headache
- You stop breathing, have a seizure, or lose consciousness
- The pupils of your eyes are different sizes
- You are confused or have slurred speech
- You lose your balance, are weak, or cannot use one of your arms or legs
- You have discoloration under your eyes or behind your ears
Even if you do not have any of these head injury symptoms at first, you should get medical attention immediately after a strong blow to the head.
Symptoms of a Head Injury in a Child
According to the Mayo Clinic, children can have any of the adult symptoms or these signs:
- Repeated vomiting
- Refusing to eat
- Persistent crying
- A bulge on the head (usually with infants)
Whenever a child sustains a significant impact to the head, you should take the child for a head trauma evaluation at once. Contact a lawyer for child brain injury and lawsuit information.
Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury
The treatment for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave you sidelined for weeks or months. For example:
- If you have a blood clot from the blow to the head, a surgeon might have to perform surgery to remove the clot. Untreated blood clots outside or within the brain can put pressure on the brain and damage brain tissue. A clot could cause a stroke.
- If your skull fractured, the surgeon might have to remove pieces of the skull that broke off or secure pieces of your skull closed with wire.
- You might need surgery to stop bleeding in the brain.
- With severe swelling in the brain or accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid, the surgeon might have to surgically implant a drain or create a window in your skull to prevent damage to brain tissue.
Long-term impacts of TBI can include cognitive impairment, chronic severe headaches, mood and personality changes, weakness, paralysis, and the loss of speech, sight, or hearing.
Getting Legal Help After a Head Injury
If someone’s carelessness caused or contributed to the accident in which you sustained a head injury, a lawyer can help you go after the full value of your personal injury claim. You can focus on getting better and leave the legal matters to us. We can deal directly with the insurance company so that you do not have to. We offer attentive and caring service and treat clients like family.
Call the Personal injury Lawyer Florida at Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato at (954) 633-8270 to get started. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation. We want to help guide you through the legal process of what to do if you hit your head.