Brain Injury Prevention Tips
Head Trauma Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Head trauma ranges from minor, moderate, and severe. For minor injuries, it typically does not require any type of special medical attention. However, these injuries can create constant chronic symptoms, such as headaches or lack of concentration. If an individual is dealing with this type of problem, they are recommended to step away from everyday activities and focus on resting. Any other additional symptoms that continue to recur, such as nausea or unsteadiness, should be brought to the attention of a medical expert.
If you believe that your symptoms have become intense after suffering a minor injury, you need to call 911 or your local emergency number. Doctors will determine if you are suffering from something that is more moderate or severe.
When it comes to a concussion, there are a variety of symptoms an individual may experience. These include:
- Blurry vision,
- Passing out,
- Lack of balance,
- Irregular pupil sizes,
- Bleeding within the scalp,
- Bleeding under the scalp, or
- Minor sensitivity.
- Mood swings,
- Lack of concentration,
- Slurred speech,
- Post-traumatic amnesia, or
- Incapability to relax.
If you are suffering from a concussion, you must:
- Avoid everyday activities for a while and focus on resting. Too much activity after a concussion will only worsen it.
- Apply ice by wrapping it in a washcloth and placing it on the area where you feel pain. Keep the area iced for 20 to 30 minutes and repeat this process every 2 to 4 hours. This will help decrease the size of the swelling or bruise.
- Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen. This will increase the chances of bleeding risks. Take mild pain relievers like Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol.
- Do not do any sports-related activities until your symptoms have fully gone away.
To prevent yourself from concussion risks, you must:
- Wear a seat belt while driving. In case of a vehicle collision, a seat belt will help lessen your chances of falling out of the vehicle and experiencing a forceful impact to the head.
- Wear a helmet to protect yourself from serious impact. Sporting activities that could cause a concussion include:
- Horseback riding, or
- Ice hockey.
- Install handrails on stairways to prevent falls. This will help you hold onto something to save yourself from falling down the stairs.
- Place safety gates on the top and bottom of the stairs. This will protect children from falling down the stairs or walking up or down the stairs without adult supervision.
- Monitor the lighting in your home. Make sure the lighting is not dim. Lack of proper lighting may affect your vision, thus making it difficult to clearly see where you are going.
- Install safety guards by the windows. This will prevent children from accessing the windows and falling out.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
If you or a loved one was the victim of brain injury due to negligent acts committed by another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help. Our brain injury attorneys have extensive experience with handling cases relating to personal injury. We will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.