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Types of Head Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

One of the most frequently seen injuries resulting from a car accident is a head injury. There are different types of head injuries, ranging from mild to severe, however, all of them can have a significant impact on your life. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury due to a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you suffered.

Open Head Injuries

Open head injuries occur when the scalp and/or skull has been visibly affected by the accident. These may be superficial wounds, or they may be deeper wounds where the skull has been penetrated. A penetrating head wound can be extremely serious and generally requires emergency medical treatment.

Closed Head Injuries

Closed head injuries occur when the brain has been injured inside the skull, but the skull and/or scalp has not been affected. The most common type of closed head injury suffered in a car accident is a concussion. More serious types of brain injuries including bleeding on the brain and severe brain damage can occur due to the force of an accident.

The primary challenge faced by individuals who have experienced a closed injury is diagnosis. Often, a closed head injury will present mild to moderate symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms that may have alternative explanations. An individual who has experienced a head injury may not know they have been injured, and if the injury remains undiagnosed and untreated, it may continue to progress until symptoms become more severe and potentially even life threatening.

The Importance of Immediate Medical Treatment After a Car Accident

It is always recommended that an individual who has been involved in a car accident seeks medical attention as soon as possible, even if they don’t feel as though they have been severely injured. This is particularly important for car accidents versus other types of accidents because the risk of brain injury, even a simple concussion, is so high.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and have sought medical attention, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Contact Matson Injury Law today to learn more about car accidents and head injuries and how you may be able to bring a case forward against any negligent parties that may have caused the accident. Call now for a consultation at (626) 792-1900 or (626) 792-1900.

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