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What Every Accident Victim Should Know About Blunt Force Head Trauma


Blunt force trauma of any kind is both painful and frightening for those who sustain it, but trauma to the head tends to be particularly devastating. Many people aren’t aware of the risks of these kinds of injuries, despite the fact that they are very common amongst accident victims, so we’ve included some basic information that everyone should know about trauma symptoms, causes, and recovery.

What is Blunt Force Head Trauma? 

Blunt force trauma to the head occurs when a blunt object strikes or otherwise comes into contact with a victim’s head. This can happen when a person’s head hits the object or a hard surface, or when a falling or flying object strikes the victim’s head itself. In either case, this type of trauma can cause serious injuries, including concussions, skull fractures, and even penetrating injuries that can permanently damage the brain.

What are the Symptoms of Blunt Force Head Trauma? 

The symptoms of a blunt force head trauma will vary depending on a number of factors, including the age and health of the victim, as well as the force of the impact in question, and the type of injury sustained. Most of those who suffer these kinds of injuries, however, report the same list of symptoms, including:

  • Bruising and swelling, or lacerations at the site of impact;
  • Headaches;
  • Sensitivity to noise or light;
  • Confusion;
  • A lack of balance;
  • Nausea or vomiting; and
  • A loss of consciousness.

No two head injuries look exactly the same, so while one person who sustained blunt force head trauma could present with multiple short and long-term symptoms, another may only have one or even delayed symptoms. In either case, those who suffer head trauma should always seek medical attention right away, so that a medical professional can conduct physical and neurological exams, as well as MRI, X-ray, and CT scans to determine the type and severity of the brain injury.

Can I Recover Damages for a Head Injury Caused by Blunt Force Trauma? 

The repercussions of a head injury can be severe, even resulting in long-term problems for victims, who may struggle with chronic pain, cognitive problems, and physical disability for years to come. Fortunately, injured parties who can prove that someone else was responsible for their accident are often able to recover compensation for the financial consequences of these issues. Some accident victims, for instance, are entitled to reimbursement for past and future medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering. While recovering damages can’t return a person to his or her pre-accident state of health, it can go a long way towards easing financial burdens during the recovery process. For help seeking compensation for your own head injury, please reach out to our legal team today.

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If you suffered a head injury in a Florida accident and need legal advice, contact our experienced Fort Lauderdale traumatic brain injury lawyers at Boone & Davis for help. You can reach us at 954-566-9919 or via online message.




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