What to Look out for Following a Head Injury
The unexpected loss of television star and comedian Bob Saget at such a young age shocked many fans who followed his career in entertainment. According to a statement released by his family, he had accidentally hit his head before going to sleep. The chief medical examiner on the case said that Saget died from blunt force trauma that likely came after a fall he had suffered. He clearly didn’t think the fall was serious enough to seek medical attention.
Bob Saget’s story is a prime example of why you should not underestimate or brush off seemingly minor head injuries. In the event that your head injury may have been caused by another party, you should also contact a Santa Ana personal injury attorney—someone who can evaluate what led to your head injury in order to move forward with pursuing the rightful compensation that you may be entitled to.
Common Ways You Can Experience a Head Injury
There are a variety of ways that your head can be injured. According to Healthline, a head injury can affect your brain, skull, or scalp. Some of the most common things that lead to head injuries are:
- Unexpected falls at home, work, or elsewhere
- Car accidents or injuries suffered as a pedestrian
- Contact sports
- Physical assaults
- Penetrating injuries that can result from a firearm or other machine
Any time you suffer an injury to your head, it is wise to err on the side of caution and to see a doctor as soon as you can.
Serious Signs and Symptoms
It is important to monitor how you’re feeling after injuring your head. Symptoms can serve as warning signals to indicate what sort of treatment you may need and whether you may be dealing with a long-term injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, your symptoms can impact you both physically and psychologically, and they can range from mild to severe or traumatic. They may include:
- Physical problems like headaches, vomiting, losing consciousness, and more
- Sensory difficulties like vision impairment, hearing irritation, and other changes in taste and smell
- Cognitive or mental issues including memory loss, depression, incoherent speech, and comatose symptoms
Be sure to connect with a doctor who can closely monitor your symptoms, document your injuries (including long-term difficulties), and prescribe the appropriate treatments.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Your Head Injury
You can certainly take preventative measures to protect yourself or your loved ones from a head injury. You may also be able to minimize the damage that comes from this kind of injury by seeking timely medical care. Depending on the activity that exposes you to risk, this may mean wearing a helmet, wearing a seatbelt when travelling in a car, paying attention to all signs that urge caution when you’re on a premises, etc.
There may be times when others are liable for actions that result in your head injury. To pursue compensation, you must show that the other party’s actions resulted in your injuries, and that they failed in their duty of care to keep others safe. You should seek medical care after your accident to keep yourself healthy, of course. And doing so is also important for any potential legal action that follows. Medical records can be a key part of injury claims.
Contact an Attorney After Your Head Injury
A Santa Ana personal injury attorney can help you gather all the evidence you need to file a personal injury claim after a traumatic head injury. This includes all the medical information relevant to your case as well as evidence gathered from the scene where your accident took place and eyewitness accounts.
We will evaluate your case during a free consultation to determine whether we are able to pursue all forms of rightful compensation on your behalf. This could include medical expenses, lost wages for the duration of your time out of work, money for pain and suffering, and more.
Our team at HN Injury Lawyers won’t charge you unless we win your case. Contact us today at (657) 333-5726.