Head Trauma and Injury: Not Hitting That Hard

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You didn’t hit your head that hard. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

There are many times in life we bump our heads. Sometimes it’s as simple as trying to stand up too quickly after reaching under the table for a kid’s toy. Or we trip and fall while on a hike or a jog. Or we get into a car accident that doesn’t total our vehicle, but does cause us to hit our head on the dash or steering wheel. There are many times we hit our head in our day-to-day lives.

But just because we don’t think we hit our head very hard, doesn’t mean we didn’t do serious damage. There are thousands of Americans walking around who don’t realize they have suffered a concussion, and there can be serious long-term health consequences from even a minor concussion.

If you hit your head, make sure you evaluate yourself for the symptoms of a concussion. These symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears or seeing stars
  • Sensitivity to light

If you suffer any of these symptoms after a blow to the head, it is important you are evaluated by a medical professional. All too often we try to avoid the doctor, but only a doctor can diagnose and offer proper treatment for a head injury.

Symptoms of a concussion do not always manifest themselves immediately. If you suffered a head injury due to a car accident, it can take weeks for the first symptoms to appear. If you do start to experience the effects of a concussion, please contact a lawyer. Only an experienced attorney can help you take the proper steps to demonstrate that your injury was caused by the negligence of another, and can help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.