Head Injuries in Adults
Because the brain is such a complex organ, head injuries can be traumatic and even fatal. Trauma to the head is one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. Head injuries can be caused by auto accidents, violence, slips and falls, and many other things.
The frightening thing about head injuries is that sometimes there may be no outwardly visible damage even when the brain is hurt. However, there are a number of other forms of head injuries, including:
- Skull fractures
- Intracranial hematomas (ICH)
- Contusions (bruises)
- Cuts or gashes
Causes and Effects of Head Injuries
Head injuries can be caused by a number of things. Of course, getting hit with a sharp object can cause a laceration, but it is internal injury that can cause permanent disability. Whenever the head is hit with a hard object, shaken, or suffers from whiplash, the brain essentially gets jostled around in the skull. This causes something called coup-countercoup.
First, when the head is hit, the brain underneath that area of skull is called the coup lesion. Then, the brain can slide around slightly and hit inside the skull on the opposite site, called the countercoup. When the brain is bumped around, the lining of the skull, the brain, and blood vessels can get torn. This leads to internal bleeding, bruising, and even swelling of the brain.
Brain injuries can occur in a variety of different personal injury accidents. Sadly, trauma to the head can lead to permanent loss of senses or musculoskeletal control, among other things. This type of disability can result in expensive medical treatment and loss of wages.
If you or someone you love has suffered head trauma in a personal injury accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help you recover. For help with your case, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.