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What to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 10, 2021

Head injuries can be scary and incredibly dangerous to victims. To reduce the chances of suffering serious trauma to their heads, many athletes wear state of the art helmets and other protective gear to improve their chances of protecting their bodies when they are subjected to collisions and other physical distress. However, when accidents happen to Altoona residents, they most likely do not have protective equipment surrounding them to keep them safe.

The head can suffer injury in many different types of accidents. Car accidents can cause victims to strike their heads on hard surfaces inside and outside of their vehicles. Slip and fall accidents, which may lead to premises liability claims, can result in victims hitting their heads on stairs, sidewalks, and other unforgiving floors. Even in workplaces, victims can bump their heads on machinery, equipment, and even furniture.

When the head suffers an injury, the brain can be affected. While victims often recover from mild traumatic brain injuries over time, those who suffer serious brain injuries can be permanently changed. A traumatic injury to the head can cause brain bruises, bleeding, and damaged tissue, which in their most serious cases may end in death.

It is important that victims of accidents seek medical help because medical professionals can help them rule out possible injuries to their brains. A traumatic brain injury may affect many functions of the victim’s body, such as their ability to concentrate, sleep, and even balance.

This post does not provide any medical or legal advice and should not be relied on as guidance. Readers should know, however, that dealing with the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury can be costly. Legal action can offer some traumatic brain injury victims a way of seeking compensation for the losses they suffered due to the negligence of others.