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What are the causes of a head injury?

By definition, trauma is required to cause a head injury, but that trauma does not necessarily need to be violent. Falling down a few steps or falling into a hard object may be enough to cause damage. Motor vehicle crashes account for about 17% of traumatic brain injuries, while 35% are from falls. The majority of head injuries occur in males.

Penetrating head injuries describe those situations in which the injury occurs due to a projectile, for example a bullet, or when an object is impaled though the skull into the brain.

Closed head injuries refer to injuries in which no lacerations are present.

The brain may also be injured without a direct blow to the skull. The head sits on the neck allowing it to shake, causing the brain to slosh inside the skull and become injured.

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Comment from: Jack, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

While some work was being carried out at my home a workman dropped a cast iron drainpipe on my husband's head. He is waiting to see a neurologist next month but he's been left very off balance and can't walk more than a few steps without going off balance, plus he has a constant headache and nausea. This happened about 6 or 7 weeks ago, is it likely to be we hope it only temporary.

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Comment from: Ellen, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 25

Last year, my son was beaten unconscious at least 3 times by thugs. He had multiple cuts across his face with broken nose. His ears and scalp were red and bruised from the vicious beating. He now has memory and concentration problems, headaches, irritability, anger and shouting impulsively, which did not do before, sleep issues, etc. I've requested a referral to a neurologist from his regular doctor. Now I'm concerned for his future and ability to function in society.

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