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The Ramifications of a Closed Head Injury/Brain Damage

A closed head injury is a term used to describe trauma to the skull without cracking or breaking it open. It's also connected to brain injury. Each year, roughly 570,000 people suffer a closed head injury, according to e-medicine.

The mortality rate of someone who suffers a closed head injury is 30-to-50 percent and those who do survive can incur neurological trauma and may never be the same person or possess the same cognitive abilities. Basically, they suffer brain damage.


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As an injury lawyer who's represented clients suffering from the after effects of a closed head injury, I know an injury like this can irrevocably change not only the victim's life, but his or her family's life as well. The brain damage can be devastating.

Here's a video illustrating the challenges of recuperating from a close head injury...

People commonly endure a closed head injury and/or brain injury from a car accident or fall. However, it can also occur when playing sports, riding your bike, or working. In these particular settings, you may not even know you've suffered a closed head injury until hours, or even days later. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can collide with the inside of the skull and become bruised. The head may look fine, but complications could result from bleeding or swelling inside the skull, according to Medline Plus.

About the Editors: Shapiro & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.



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