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Taking a detailed look at head traumas

Just as there are many types of accidents, there are a wide variety of injuries that could be suffered in an accident. While some of these are deemed minor, others are labeled as severe. Residents in Virginia do not expect to be involved in an accident, and they certainly do not expect to deal with the injuries in the aftermath. Head trauma is one of the worst types of injuries and accident victim could suffer. This type of injury has the tendency to require a lengthy recovery time and much medical attention. In some cases, a victim never recovers, requiring ongoing medical care for the rest of his or her life.

A head injury is any type of injury or trauma to a person's brain, skull or scalp. These can range from a minor bump or bruise to a traumatic brain injury. Suffering a blow or injury to the head can be scary, as a victim may not know how his or her head was impacted or how serious the injuries are. Common types of head injuries include concussions, skull fractures and wounds to the scalp.

Treatment for a head trauma is base don the type of injury suffered. However, the initial medical interventions used to establish the injury suffered and damages endured are typically the same. Medical tests are required to rule out severe injuries and damage to the brain. But based on the fact that a brain injury is closed or open, medical treatment can vary greatly.

A closed head injury occurs when there is a blow to the head or violent shaken of the skull. These types of injuries impact the head and brain but do not break the skull. On the other hand, an open head injury is one where an object breaks the skull or travels through he skull into the brain.

There are a wide variety of incidents that could cause a brain injury. These typically include motor vehicle accidents, falls, physical assaults and sports-related accidents. Thus, it is important that victims of a brain injury understand the cause of the injury and if another party Is liable. If a negligent party caused you to suffer head trauma, it is possible to hold them accountable through a personal injury claim. Moreover, a victim could seek compensation through this action, helping the offset the financial damages caused by the incident.

Source: Healthline.com, "Head injury," Seunggu Han, Aug. 29, 2017

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