Types of Head Trauma
The brain is responsible for directing voluntary movement as well as involuntary actions such as breathing or the heart’s beating. Additionally, this is the source of sensory interpretation and thought, and your brain is what gives you your sense of self. Thus, injuries to the brain can cause a wide variety of symptoms, affecting virtually all aspects of a person’s life.
There are two main types of head trauma, closed and open injuries, both of which can damage your brain. Sadly, these injuries often result from workplace injuries like slips and falls or falling objects. If you have suffered head trauma while on the job, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation to help you with your recovery. To discuss your case, contact a Raleigh workers’ comp attorney from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC today at 919-851-3311.
Open Head Wounds
Although the skull is very thick and strong, it can still be pierced by sharp objects like drill bits. When something goes through the skull and tears into the brain tissue, it is called an open head injury. Open head injuries cause direct damage to the brain tissue as the delicate neuronal connections are torn.
Closed Head Injuries
Surprisingly, closed head injuries, in which the skull is not penetrated, can actually be even more damaging than open head wounds. Closed head injuries are caused by blunt force or whiplash, which can bruise the brain. The bleeding or swelling can place pressure on the brain’s tissue. If this is left untreated, the tissue can begin to die.
Head injuries can take time to heal. During this time of recovery, you should not have to worry about lost wages. Instead, you should talk to an attorney about seeking the short-term or long-term disability benefits that you deserve. For more information, contact a Raleigh disability lawyer from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 today.