While everyone is aware that head injuries are possible, most people rarely think about the likelihood a head injury will affect them. The truth is, though, whether it’s the individual themselves, a relative, a friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance, there’s a reasonable likelihood someone in everyone’s life will be affected at some point by some form of head injury.

With that fact in mind, it is worthwhile to use the list I found on the Amerio Law Firm website to review the different kinds of serious head injuries that most affect people.

First, there is the most famous sort of injury, the concussion. A concussion comes from a mild blow to the head which can lead to a few moments of unconsciousness or milder symptoms. There can be ongoing symptoms for a few days, but afterward, the injury passes.

Contusions are very common when it comes to brain injuries. They are really just bruises on the brain, but of course, that can still be very serious.

Far more serious, though, is an anoxic brain injury. In that situation, the brain does not receive oxygen for a period of time. During that time, brain cells begin to die. Should the event go on for very long, the person becomes brain dead.

Another very severe brain injury is the hematoma, or the subdural hematoma, where blood collects outside the brain. This is much more serious than a contusion and can be fatal.

Finally, there is a skull fracture, which occurs when there has been a blow to the head which can lead to the skull bone cracking. Since there are so many veins and arteries in the head, as well as the brain obviously, the risk of bleeding or brain damage is significant.

These are only a few of the major risks that come with injuries to the head. While the head can seem very well protected with the skull, that does not mean there are no risks. Everyone is encouraged to take as many precautions as possible to protect themselves. Should work be taking place that may lead to injury, wear a helmet at all times and clearly designate areas where the risk is highest. This isn’t just a matter for professions like construction, practice the same safety at home.

Again, injuries to the head are not usually everyday occurrences, but most of us will know someone (or perhaps be the person ourselves) who has a head injury in their lifetime. Knowing a little bit more about the risks and how to prevent them could go a long way towards minimizing the chance of serious and longterm injury.

Anyone reading this article is encouraged to read about the topic further, especially about prevention and immediate treatment. Knowing more can save a life, so the more studying up, the better.

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