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Why you should never ignore a head injury

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Brain Injuries

Residents of Virginia should never take their health for granted. Head injuries, in particular, can be devastating. It’s important to know why they should never be ignored.

What can happen when head injuries go ignored?

Head trauma can lead to a traumatic brain injury. In January 2022, beloved actor Bob Saget was found dead in his hotel room while on tour for his standup comedy routine. Recently, an autopsy determined that the cause of his death was serious head trauma. The medical examiner’s report noted that he had skull fractures. Saget died in his sleep in his hotel room after having gone to bed probably believing he was OK after hitting his head.

The actor’s sudden, shocking, tragic death sends a message to everyone: if you have an accident or fall and hit your head, you should immediately seek medical attention as it could save your life.

How common are head injuries?

Head injuries are more common than many people think. Millions of people visit their local emergency rooms each year with head injuries. Senior citizens are the most likely to be hospitalized or die from traumatic brain injuries. Many of those injuries are suffered after falls. However, for most people, head injuries are mild and temporary.

What are the most common symptoms of head injuries?

The symptoms a person can experience from a head injury depend on the severity of the trauma. Some are very minor such as a small bump on the head. However, others are more serious such as a concussion or skull fracture. Individuals who believe they have suffered head injuries should seek medical attention to be absolutely safe.

The following symptoms can occur with head injuries:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Bump on the head
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

Seek immediate medical attention if you hit your head. Preventive care can save lives.

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