Open and Closed Head Trauma

Head injuries can have a lasting effect on your life, affecting everything you do, from important day-to-day activities to interacting with friends and loved-ones. The two main types of head trauma, open-head and closed-head injuries can cause serious damage and may result in temporary or permanent disability.

Whether it is an open or closed head injury, both can damage your brain, and both may entitle you to workers’ compensation if you are injured on the job. When you need the help of a tough and experienced Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer, call 910-488-1600 to reach the law offices of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC.

Open Head Injury

The skull keeps everything safe, and it is built for protection. Nonetheless, blunt force can crack and sharp objects can pierce, endangering the brain. If a sharp or blunt object penetrates the skull and enters into the tissue of the brain itself, the injury is considered to be an open head wound. Damage that is caused directly to the brain can cause severe problems with the neural network made up of connections within the brain.

Closed Head Injury

The brain is certainly delicate. Not piercing the skull and damaging the brain directly doesn’t mean that extraordinary damage cannot occur. Closed head injuries occur when the brain is bruised by striking the skull. This can happen through a whiplash effect or even blunt force. Bruising causes swelling, and in the brain cavity this can increase pressure. Bleeding in the brain can kill and cause extreme damage. In cases such as these, closed head injuries are worse than open head injuries.

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Recovering from a head injury can be difficult and time consuming. An attorney can help you get the benefits that you deserve. For more information, contact a Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorney from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 910-488-1600 today.