Head trauma can have life-changing consequences, and sadly, these types of injuries happen often in the U.S. Unfortunately, children are often susceptible to head injuries and in 2010, unintentional injury to the head, neck or face was one of the top 10 reasons children 15 and under landed in an emergency room. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 2,220,000 Americans visited ERs with an open head wound in 2010!
Head injuries, whether an open head wound or other type of trauma, can lead to permanent damage, especially if they are not treated immediately. Damage to the head can impair someone’s physical functioning as well as their cognitive abilities. Many head injuries require extensive medical treatment.
If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury, you may be overwhelmed with the consequences – however, the attorneys at Tapella & Eberspacher can help. If someone else caused the head injury that is affecting your household, you could be entitled to compensation. You deserve to know your legal options. We’re here for you. Just contact us with your general legal questions.
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Common Types of Head Injury
Any type of head injury can cause serious damage to a person. Injuries to the head are classified as either open or closed. Closed head injuries involve blunt trauma and other circumstances where the skull is not penetrated. Open head injuries occur when the skull is penetrated, such as in puncture wounds. Brain damage can occur in both open and closed head trauma.
Common types of head injury include:
- Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Diffuse Axonal Injury
- Epidural Hematoma
- Intracranial Bleeding
- Shear Injury
- Subdural Hematoma
- Skull Fracture
There are several types of skull fractures as well. In most cases of head injury, the type of injury depends on the severity of a patient’s symptoms. Unfortunately, a head injury can’t always be detected immediately, and can be extremely dangerous. Whenever trauma to the head, skull or face is suspected, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention. If left undetected and untreated, a head injury can become deadly.
Common Causes of Head Injuries
There are many accidents that can lead to a head injury. Trauma to the head is most common in children 15 and under and adults 65 and over.
Some of the causes of head trauma include:
- Blunt Force from an Object
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Rapid Head Movement, e.g. Seizure, Shaken-Baby Syndrome
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Truck Crashes
- Workplace Accidents
Head injuries can also come from falling objects, like hail or debris. Some head injuries may heal on their own, such as a concussion, while others require therapy, surgery or other treatments. When someone in your family is the victim of a head injury, it can cause strain not only physically, but emotionally and financially as well.
Treatment for Head Injury Patients
Head injuries may be physically and emotionally costly, but often lead to expensive medical bills. From diagnostic testing to therapies and treatments, recuperating from a head injury can take ongoing care and in some cases, life-long therapies.
Some medical needs that a head injury patient may require include:
- CT Scans
- Doctor’s Visits
- Occupational Therapies
- Physical Therapies
- Psychiatric Treatments
- Speech Therapies
- …and other tests and treatments
When head injuries lead to a loss of motor skills, medical bills can become unmanageable. In cases of incomplete motor function, the first year of treatment alone can cost more than $325,000. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the annual expenses for such injuries are approximately $40,500.
Contact Our Illinois & Missouri Area Head Injury Attorneys
A head injury can change one’s life, and the life of a victim’s family members. In many cases, special equipment or other living adjustments must be made. If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma because of the actions of someone else, you deserve justice. When such a traumatic accident happens, the parties responsible should be held accountable for the excessive costs and emotional anguish they have caused.
At the law offices of Tapella & Eberspacher, we fight for your justice. Our clients rely on our firm’s superior reputation, extensive resources and dedication to ethics. Our firm is a top choice among referring attorneys in the Illinois & Missouri area, and we are proud to accept clients from the following cities and towns:
- Charleston, IL
- O’Fallon, IL
- Decatur, IL
- St. Louis, MO
- Jennings, MO
- Lemay, MO
- …and communities throughout the area
Learn about your legal rights. Call us toll-free today at (217) 394-5885 and find out how we can help build a robust argument for your MAXIMUM compensation claim.