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What are the common signs of a brain injury?


Residents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are aware that a brain injury is considered one of the most serious types of injuries. An estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries every year, resulting in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and fatalities. Here are some warning signs that can help you detect a brain injury.

First, you need to understand that a brain injury could be the result of a sports activity, a workplace accident, a motor vehicle accident or a fall. There are two forms of brain injuries, which are classified as open or closed. An open injury means that the skull was fractured, while a closed injury does not involve any fracture. Closed injuries can be more serious than open injuries because there is a possibility of swelling of the brain or the formation of a blood clot. Usually, a person with a closed injury may feel alright after the accident. If you see the victim of a head injury becoming easily confused, suffering from sluggishness, tiredness, nausea, dizziness or a severe headache, then that person may have sustained a serious brain injury.

If you or your loved one were involved in a car accident and both of you feel fine, both of you should still seek medical attention even if there are no visibile injuries. You and your loved one should seek thorough medical attention in order to determine if you are really uninjured.

In the event that you have sustained a brain injury due to someone else's misconduct or negligence, you may be entitled to awards and damages. You may wish to speak with legal counsel experienced with personal injury cases or tort claims.

Source: Findlaw.com, "verview.html">Brain Injury Overview," accessed on Sep. 15, 2014

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