Most people in New York have hit their head at one time or another. Often it is just a minor knock and, although it may hurt a little, no more is thought of it. In many cases, this turns out to be fine and there are no lasting effects. However, this is not always the case and sometimes even a seemingly insignificant knock can cause lasting damage.
The brain is extremely delicate and even though the skull is there to protect it, there are still all too many ways in which a blow to the head can lead to a serious brain injury. Even if you do not hit your head directly, even violent shaking, such as you might experience in a car accident can cause damage, as your brain can knock against the inside of your skull.
Furthermore, even if you do not feel too bad immediately after suffering a head injury, it is still wise to seek medical attention. The symptoms of brain trauma can takes days, weeks or even months to manifest. However, medical professionals may be able to identify the signs of such an injury ahead of time, improving the chances that it can be treated.
It is not always possible to make a full recovery from a brain injury, but the sooner it is identified and treatment begins, the more likely it is that you may be able to return to your former lifestyle. However, in the meantime you may need to go through a lengthy rehabilitation process and you could find that you struggle with tasks that were previously straightforward.
It can be difficult to adapt to such a change, especially if you injury was the result of someone else's negligence. Our page on brain injuries has further advice on what to expect if you are harmed in this way. You might also benefit from the support and guidance of an attorney if you plan to take legal action against those responsible for your injury.