Our head is the director of everything we do. It is the main conductor of every body movement, every twitch, every thought and every word we speak. The head injury is probably the injury we are most scared of, and rightly so – without the full use of our brains our personality, movement, voice and ability to ponder would all be compromised. We should be extra careful to always protect ourselves against hurting our heads, but sometimes accidents happen anyways.
The high risk group for head injuries are people between the ages of 15 and 24 who either drive a motorized vehicle, play sports, or ride a bike. Men are twice more likely to get a brain injury than women. The most vulnerable area of our heads is also where our brain’s most fragile region is. It’s the prefrontal cortex which is just behind the forehead. Damaging this area will severely impact the ability to process information, remember, concentrate, problem solve, and learn.
Children and teens also have been seen to suffer frequently from head traumas. The causes: playground falls, bicycling, and playing rough sports. Falls are the most common cause of playground injuries and unfortunately, these falls during recess or after-school playtimes sometimes result in death. About 75 percent of deaths from playground injuries came from brain trauma. Close to half a million kids ages 14 and under are seen in U.S. emergency rooms for brain injuries each year. A recent Reuters report said that that there was an unusually high amount of students between grades seven and 12 who reported having suffered from a head trauma injury, about 20 percent. (8,900 students were surveyed).
As far as prevention goes though, there is good news. Ontario adopted a law forcing all cyclists ages 17 and under to either wear a helmet, or pay a fine. Since this law was introduced in 1995, the number of bicycle related fatalities for this group decreased 52 percent.
Apparently, gender and age are both have a say in the outcome of a brain trauma. Girls under 10 are four times more likely than boys to die of a severe head injury and as men and women enter early adulthood, men still have an advantage: higher testosterone levels protect the brain. However, as older age sets in, women are twice as likely to survive a serious brain injury.
If you think you have a brain injury, you should see a doctor. Signs of brain trauma could be dizziness, confusion, vomiting, loss of consciousness, ringing in the ears, sleeping problems, and others. These signs should not be taken lightly. Serious head injuries can alter your personality and cause depression and sometimes aggressive behaviour.
If you have had an accident and are now coping with a brain injury, your life might have been significantly changed. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers are here for you and have been handling all types of injuries for over 40 years. We understand the impacts they can have on you and we can help fight your case. Call us at 416-920-4242. Set up a free consultation and come chat with us.
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