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Brain Injury

Head trauma and related brain injury, whether an open head injury or a closed head injury, can be devastating to victims and to their families.

Open Head Injuries

An open head injury, also called a penetrating head injury, results when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.  Open head injuries are very serious, and usually, affect a specific area of brain tissue.  They can cause permanent disability, even death.

One of the most common causes of open brain injury is a skull fracture, where a piece of bone from the skull penetrates the brain.  Skull fractures can be caused by:

  • Car accidents,
  • Falls,
  • A blow to the head, or
  • Sports injury.

Surviving victims of open brain injury generally have issues in the damaged area of the brain.  Approximately 50% of such victims experience post-traumatic epilepsy.

Closed Head Injuries

In a closed head injury, no object actually penetrates the brain. Such trauma occurs where the brain is injured as a result of a blow to the head, or as a result of a sudden and violent motion that causes the brain to knock against the skull.

A closed head injury can affect cells and tissues throughout the brain, or it can damage only one area of the brain.  Closed head injuries range from mild to severe (incapacitating or death).

In the United States

The incidents of closed head injuries are estimated to be approximately 200 cases per 100,000 persons annually.  In a population of 314.156 million people, this rate approximately equates to more than 628,000 victims annually.

Closed head injuries

the incidents of closed head injuries are estimated to be approximately 200 cases per 100,000 persons annually.  In a population of 314.156 million people, this rate approximately equates to more than 628,000 victims annually.

Common causes of closed head injuries include:

Symptoms of severe closed head injury usually show up immediately, while symptoms of mild head injury can show up days or weeks after an injury.  Symptoms of closed head injuries usually include:

  • Loss of consciousness,
  • Headaches,
  • Dilated pupils,
  • Dizziness,
  • Respiratory problems,
  • Convulsions,
  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Problems with speech such as slurred speech,
  • Vision problems,
  • Inability to concentrate, and
  • Emotional and behavioral changes.

The most common diagnostic test used to diagnose closed head injuries are CT scans.  It is very important to assess whether an accident victim suffers from a closed head injury early on after an accident.

Medical providers generally use the Glasgow Coma Scale to initially evaluate a closed head injury.  The Glasgow Coma Scale is a universal scale that gives objective assessments of the potential seriousness of a head injury. The higher the Glasgow Coma number, the less severe the initial evaluation.

Traumatic brain injury treatments

Treatment for traumatic brain injury can vary depending on the level of severity.  In the most severe closed head injury cases, treatment can include surgery, rehabilitation, and medication.

Seeking immediate medical attention

If you are injured in an accident and lose consciousness or exhibit any of the symptoms described herein, seek immediate medical attention.

The Mason Law Firm, Personal Injury Lawyer

At The Mason Law Firm personal injury attorney, we handle all type of personal injury matters, including open head injuries and closed head injuries.

Also, when faced with a closed head injury victim, we are cognizant of the fact that a jury may need to hear from treating physicians and expert witnesses, who can explain the injury and the injury causing mechanism to the jury.

Furthermore, physicians and expert witnesses generally include neurologists, who frequently work with neuropsychologists, and treating physicians.

Additionally, lay witnesses familiar with the victim can testify about the changes in the victim after the injury producing event, such as the accident.  By the tame token, lay witnesses generally include family members, friends, co-workers, and teachers.

If a loved-one has suffered from or is suffering from a head or brain injury, and you are looking for an honest assessment of the case, please give us a call.  We can educate you as to your options.

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The Mason Law Firm
28494 Westinghouse Place, Suite 202
Valencia, CA 91355

The Mason Law Firm
2600 West Olive Avenue, 5th Floor
Burbank, CA 91505

The Mason Law Firm
15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Phone: 661.476.5678
Phone: 1.800.577.0149
Phone: 818.533.1671
Email: mason@mrscvlaw.com