Any head injury, even a minor one, can have serious ramifications. When the brain is jolted, through a sudden impact to the body or the head, the damage can be disastrous. Even though concussions are considered “minor” brain injuries, because they are not life-threatening, they can still cause troublesome and concerning symptoms.
One unusual aspect to head injuries is that the injuries do not always present with symptoms immediately. Some people may not experience symptoms until days or even weeks after the injury. Additionally worrisome is that brain injuries, although potentially serious, can present with symptoms that may initially seem insignificant. And each concussion is different. Some people may experience troublesome symptoms for days, while others may be bothered for weeks or even months.
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People who have experienced a head injury need to see a physician as soon as possible. At the emergency room, doctors have been trained to assess the severity of brain injuries and concussions and to order imaging tests for clarification. These tests can help determine the location and extent of the injury.
Danger Signs of a Head Injury
If you or a loved one have experienced a head injury, it’s important to know the danger signs. These signs often develop due to a brain bleed or swelling. Anyone with a head injury should be assessed by a physician. If you notice any of these warning signs, even after an individual has seen a doctor, call 911 immediately.
- Inability to be roused or excessive sleepiness
- A headache that becomes increasingly severe
- Agitated, restless behavior
- Confusion and inability to understand or answer questions
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech, or inability to recall words
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Mismatched pupil size
- Any loss of consciousness
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As bicycle crash attorneys, we have seen many cases of head injuries. Sadly, these concussions and brain injuries can occur even with helmet use. Victims of head injuries can require weeks or even months to heal and during this time may need to restrict activities, including work. Between the inability to work and mounting medical bills, the costs associated with a bicycle crash can skyrocket. That’s why we work aggressively to help our clients receive fair and thorough financial compensation for their injuries. We encourage ANYONE who has been in a bicycle crash or experienced any head injury to be thoroughly assessed, as soon as possible, by a doctor. Brain injuries can be difficult to assess, and it’s crucial to have a physician involved.
If you or a loved one has had a head injury in a bicycle crash, first see a physician. Then contact the experienced team at Kass & Moses for a no-obligation assessment to discuss your potential case.