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Head Injuries: What to Do and What to Look For

Head injuries on the job or in an accident are a common occurrence. The danger with head injuries is that there’s not always immediate pain or symptoms. A concussed person may not show symptoms upwards of 48 hours after the initial injury. Like many people, you may be too involved in the aftermath of the incident to even realize that you hit your head. Even so, at some point, the pain and other potential symptoms are going to creep up on you.

Head injuries can occur in a variety of situations. The most common cases of head injuries occur in car crashes. In fact, car accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBIs), making up 17.3% each year.. Although automotive accidents are most common, other accidents may also cause head injuries. Each year in the United States, one out of every three people over the age of 65 will experience a slip or fall that can result in a head injury. No matter the situation, all head injuries need to be dealt with swiftly and safely. 

Troubling Signs After a Blow to the Head

After a head injury, you more than likely will experience a headache and possibly some dizziness, however you want to keep an eye out for the following signs that may point to something more serious:

  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble talking
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Pupil dilation
  • Different sized pupils
  • Weak limbs
  • Numb limbs
  • Bloody or clear drainage from nose or ears

Seek immediate medical attention if you have experienced any of these symptoms. Doctors can perform certain tests to determine the severity of your injury and devise a treatment plan.

What Comes Next?

Medically, that depends on the severity of your injury. There may not be any definitive answers to what lingering or lifelong issues you could have as a result of your head injury. Your doctor may provide you with a prognosis and additional signs to watch for as you recover. Your health is what’s most important here – always seek medical attention as your first priority!

Legally, if your accident occurred at work, you may be entitled to benefits from South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system. These benefits are designed to cover your medical costs and needs along with a portion of your income while you are unable to work. Additional benefits may be available depending on your long-term medical prognosis. If your accident occurred on your own time and the negligence of someone else caused your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for your injuries.

Once you are safe and have been checked out by a doctor, you may start to worry about missed work, health care bills or other damages resulting from your injury. That’s when it’s time to call the Philpot Law Firm! You’ve got one shot – call Philpot and speak with a real attorney today!

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