Closed Head Injury Claims
Closed head injuries are a kind of traumatic brain injury in which the skull and the dura mater (membrane that protects the brain and spinal cord) remain intact. Closed head injuries can be caused by a number of different traumas, including falls, vehicle accidents, or even proximity to a blast or explosion. Closed head injuries can range from minor to debilitating, even resulting in permanent neurological deficits or wrongful death.
Some common types of closed head injuries include the following:
- Concussions: Temporary disruptions to normal brain function
- Intracranial Hematomas: blood vessels rupture, causing a pool of blood to form around the brain or between the brain and skull. The blood then increases pressure on the brain.
- Cerebral Contusions: bruises to brain tissue
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: injuries to the axons (nerve fibers) of the neurons (nerve cells of the brain)
Symptoms of an injury may be apparent immediately after an accident, but because of the brain swelling involved in the trauma, symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks after an initial injury. Symptoms range from moderate to severe, but after an accident, anyone displaying even one symptom of a closed head injury should be given immediate medical attention. Some symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, or possibly coma.
Personal Injury Lawyer for Closed Head Injury Claims
During the recovery period, victims of closed head injuries can develop secondary symptoms such as loss of social skills, depression, changes in personality, cognitive disabilities, anxieties, and changes in perception. Depending on the severity of both the initial and secondary symptoms, doctors will decide upon a treatment course that could include anything from physical and cognitive rehabilitation to medication or, in severe incidents, surgery or medically induced comas. While many individuals are able to completely recover from closed head injuries, others will never fully regain their previous levels of physical and cognitive abilities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a closed head injury as a result of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation. By speaking with a Houston personal injury lawyer from our office, we can review your case and determine the best possible way to approach your case. Our legal team has recovered many large settlements in the past for our clients, and we are not afraid to go head to head with tough litigators to get you the monetary settlement that you deserve.