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Closed head injury after a car accident – FAQs

Our Michigan brain injury attorneys share essential “closed head injury” facts that all auto accident victims need to know

Closed head injuries are very serious and can have long-lasting, debilitating effects. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions that will help you better understand this complicated injury.

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What makes an injury a “closed head injury”?

There are two general types of injuries to the head. One is a closed head injury and the other is an open injury. The difference is that with a closed head injury, there is no puncture or penetration of the skull. Read here for information about traumatic brain injury and headaches.

What are the different types of closed head injuries?

Generally speaking, there are four types of closed head injuries: concussion, contusion, hemorrhage and hematoma.

How are the types of closed head injury different from one another?

  • A concussion may cause an accident victim to lose consciousness or become dazed.
  • A contusion is trauma-induced bruise.
  • A hemorrhage is trauma-related bleeding between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain.
  • And a hematoma is trauma-related bleeding that occurs on the brain.

Is it obvious if someone has suffered a closed head injury?

No. The effects of a closed head injury are not always immediately apparent. As in the case of actress Natasha Richardson, who died from a closed head injury in 2009, some closed head injury victims appear “normal” – because they can walk and talk as they did before the traumatic event that caused their closed head injury. The media frankly coined this as “talk and die syndrome.” Read here about how “masked” injuries can be missed and then become more severe.

What are the signs of a closed head injury?

There are many signs of a closed head injury. Some of the more prominent ones are loss of consciousness; difficulty thinking clearly, making decisions, solving problems, concentrating and paying attention; and slurred speech. Here’s more information on the symptoms of closed-head injury.

Help from the brain injury attorneys at Michigan Auto Law

If you have questions about your car accident or closed head injuries, feel free to call one of our brain injury attorneys at (800) 777-0028. The call and the advice is free. You can also fill out our consultation form.

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