What qualifies as a brain injury?
When there is obvious damage to the skull in the form of a crack, it is called a penetrating head injury. When the skull has not been outwardly damaged but the brain has suffered injury, it is called a closed head injury and is usually caused by an intense blow to the head, whiplash or shaking.
Long-term effects of traumatic brain injury are severe, irreversible, and life-altering. They include paralysis, loss of intellectual ability and coordination. In less severe cases, signs of brain injury may be initially subtle but can surface and worsen over time.
What should I do if I have suffered a potential brain injury?
If you have experienced a blow to the head, whiplash or intense shaking or jarring, seek medical attention immediately even if symptoms seem minor. Common symptoms of a brain injury include dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, blurred vision, short-term memory loss, amnesia, apathy, irritability and an inability to sleep.