What is a Closed Head Injury?

A closed head injury is brought on by trauma to the brain, such as when a sudden jolt to the head causes the brain to knock against the skull. Of course, some closed head injuries are more serious than others, but Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. recommends that any time your head is hit during the course of an accident, you seek medical attention. Some of the effects of a head injury are temporary, while others can be permanent, but you will not know the totality of the damage until you undergo the proper diagnostic tests and are monitored thereafter by a medical professional.  

Some of the causes of closed head injuries are:

  • automobile accidents
  • falls
  • sports-related accidents.


If you have been in a recent Bensalem, PA area car accident and remember your head hitting against an object in the car, you may want to ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of a closed head injury:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Speech and language problems
  • Vision issues


Most severe closed head injuries are detectable immediately following the accident. Some symptoms of a mild closed head injury show up days or even weeks after the accident.

Severe closed head injuries can have complications due to swelling of the brain and the resulting pressure to the brain. Some people with serious closed head injuries may suffer:

  • nerve damage,
  • coma, 
  • post-concussion syndrome, and/or
  • seizures


Those with mild cases will likely experience headaches, dizziness, and short-term memory loss. If you or someone you may know has been in a recent Pennsylvania car accident and shows signs of having suffered a closed head injury, it is important that he or she see a doctor right away.

Treatment for a closed head injury depends on the severity and specific injury location to the head. For patients who have a mild case, doctors often recommend rest and over-the-counter pain medication. People with severe closed head injuries would genrally have to have tests revealing images of the brain, such as x-ray, Cat scan, or MRI.  Based upon test results, your doctor would then use proper procedures to treat your particular brain injury. 

If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in a New Jersey or Pennsylvania car accident get help quickly.  First, get yourself to the ER or to your family doctor and get checked out, explaining carefully all of the physical complaints you have and all of the details you can remember about your accident. Next, get our FREE Car Accident Book, available by instant download here. This helpful guide will answer many of your questions and help you to know how and if you should proceed with legal action. You can contact the Bucks County car accident lawyers of Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.