Most Colorado residents have been bumped in the head at some point in their lives. However, some bumps to the head that initially seem innocuous could result in brain injuries. Whether the injury happened in a car accident or from doing some cleaning around the house, it is not always clear when to seek medical attention. Here are some things to look for that may indicate when a head injury is a cause for concern.
Loss of consciousness
If an individual suffers a blow to the head and loses consciousness, he or she has likely suffered a concussion and should seek medical attention. Concussions typically come with a temporary loss of brain function, and it could be a symptom of a serious brain injury. However, it’s possible to suffer a concussion without losing consciousness. Likewise, traumatic brain injuries can also occur without the sufferer losing consciousness.
Symptoms of severe head injuries
Anyone who suffers a high-speed blow to the head, such as in an automobile accident or a steep fall, will likely require immediate medical care. But it’s helpful to know the symptoms of a more traumatic head injury. They often include a loss of consciousness lasting longer than one minute, repeated vomiting, slurred speech, convulsions, seizures and/or unequal pupil sizes.
Brain injuries caused by negligence
Brain injuries are some of the most debilitating types of injuries a person can suffer. Victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries can become permanently disabled and may even need around-the-clock care. Those in Colorado who suffer brain injuries due to the negligence of another party can get help by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. Damages from a successfully litigated claim could help ease the pain and suffering of victims and families.