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Head Injuries Are Nothing to Brush Off

Chris Wilson, a Jefferson County deputy sheriff, was thrown from his motorcycle in 2004. Landing on his head, he broke his neck and back. He also received a traumatic brain injury that put him in a coma for five days and in recovery for years.

To this one story, however, there is a good ending. Wilson has made great progress and is planning a bicycle ride across Alabama to raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries.

Head injuries are commonly caused by car and motorcycle crashes, as well as by slips, falls, sports collisions and other accidents. Understanding more about head injuries enables us to understand the potential symptoms and empowers us to get medical treatment as soon as possible.

The brain is protected by the hard bone of the skull on the outside and a protective layer of fluid on the inside. Together these provide some natural protection for the brain. Nonetheless, even a seemingly small head injury can still cause damage.

One of the most common types of head injuries is called a concussion, when, as a result of a blow to the head, the brain strikes the inside of the skull causing bleeding or bruising. Common symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble with cognitive skills such as memory, thinking and balance
  • Loss of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Abnormal changes to mood
  • Abnormal changes to sleep patterns

Other more serious types of head injuries can cause permanent damage to the brain, impede daily function, and even cause death. Fortunately, simple preventative measures like wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle and buckling up in the car can greatly increase your chances of getting out of an accident in one piece.

If you have received a head injury, get medical care immediately. If your injury was caused by someone else, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation.