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Closed Head Injuries FAQs



Closed head injuries, or brain injuries where the skull remains intact, are among the most common causes of death for children under 4 years of age. They are also the leading cause of cognitive impairment and physical disability for young people.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Closed Head Injuries?

Any sort of head trauma may lead to a closed head injury. This includes blunt force trauma, shaking, vehicle accidents, violence or improper use of medical tools. Because children under 4 are more sensitive, they are much more susceptible to closed head injury through careless or negligent handling.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Closed Head Injury?

Closed head injuries can lead to what is known as traumatic brain injury, which presents itself through:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • loss of vision
  • slurred speech
  • nausea
  • vomiting

If the injury is severe, symptoms can include:

  • Reduced capacity for stimulus response
  • Changes in muscle tone
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased cranial pressure
  • Changes in sleep schedule, insomnia

Traumatic brain injury can also lead to:

  • memory loss
  • seizures
  • coma
  • death

Could A Closed Head Injury Be Caused By Medical Malpractice?

Many childhood closed head injuries are caused by malpractice due to medical negligence. If a doctor handles your child too roughly during a special procedure, it could lead to such an injury. If you believe this to be the case, seek legal help as soon as possible.

What Is The Process Of Recovery From A Closed Head Injury?

Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery could be as simple as an over-the-counter pain reliever. For more severe cases, drugs to ease intracranial pressure such as diuretics or anti-seizure medication may be required. The most serious cases may require surgery and cognitive rehabilitation.

Could Damage From A Closed Head Injury Be Permanent?

If closed head injuries are not treated properly or if they are too severe, they may lead to permanent physical or mental disability. If someone you love has been given a closed head injury, whether through medical malpractice or simple injury, contact a medical malpractice lawyer or other legal expert today!