Understanding Closed-head Injuries

March 20, 2017

A closed-head injury is a category of TBI in which the skull remains intact. This type of injury is not thought to be as serious as an injury in which the dura matter is penetrated, but injuries of this type are the leading cause of death in very young children. They are also the most common cause of ongoing disability and mental impairment in people under the age of nineteen, with an estimated 173,285 children injured annually in sports and recreation related accidents involving head trauma. The injury ultimately disrupts the normal function of the brain, often causing a brief change in mental status. While often not fatal, there is still the potential for severe damage to be caused, in which the result may be ongoing memory issues and physical impairment.

Information about closed-head injuries

People who are involved in an accident and suffer a closed-head injury may not always know they have suffered a possibly serious injury. Unlike open-head injuries, this type of TBI may not be obvious. It is important to be aware of the signs of a closed-head injury:

  • Brief loss of consciousness.
  • If there is no loss of consciousness, a feeling of disorientation.
  • Memory loss, mood changes, depression or anxiousness.
  • Sensory problems, such as dizziness and loss of balance.

A closed-head injury may be the result of a fall, an automobile accident, an act of violence or an accident suffered on a sports field.  The brain injury can be the result of a sharp blow or other traumatic injury which rapidly decelerates motion in one direction for the body. The degree of damage will be dependent on the nature of the event and the force of the blow.

A concussion is just one example of a closed-head injury. Other well-known injuries to the brain include:

  • Bruises
  • Hematomas
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage

Never hesitate to speak to a well-qualified Florida personal injury attorney if you or a loved one is dealing with the life-altering repercussions of a closed-head injury.  Contact us today to discuss your case.

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