The old adage better safe than sorry should be taken into account anytime someone suffers from a head injury.
Have you ever banged your head on a kitchen cabinet? Or on the frame of a car door?
If you have, you are not alone.
While most of the injuries are minor with no lasting repercussions, there is the chance that dangerous complications can develop.
Actress Natasha Richardson was a vibrant woman who was in good physical condition.
The 45-year-old fell and hit her head while taking a beginner skiing lesson in Quebec, Canada.
Paramedics responded and she said she was fine.
She seemed fine.
She was lucid and able to talk and sent the paramedics and ambulance away.
She returned to her hotel room and within three hours was complaining of a headache.
Within 7 hours she was hospitalized in critical condition.
She was transferred to a hospital in the US and died of her injuries.
At 86-years-old, Joy Johnson, was in really great shape.
A former gym teacher, she was the oldest woman to complete Sunday’s marathon in New York and she did not even start running until she was in her late 50s.
While running, Johnson hit her head on the concrete.
She refused medical attention even when Paramedics wanted to take her to the hospital and completed the marathon.
Johnson received a lot of media attention for being the oldest woman to complete the marathon, and because it was the 25th time that she participated.
On Monday, she appeared on the Today and seemed fine.
After the show, she was tired and went to sleep in her hotel room.
She never woke up.
She died of complications from blunt trauma.
Sadly, if a person suffers from a head injury and waits too long to receive medical attention, it can be too late.
They may have no symptoms and refuse to seek medical care.
A hospital emergency room visit after a head injury can save a person’s life.
Qualified professionals can determine if there is any bleeding in the brain or other trauma to the brain and begin lifesaving treatment.
Many people do not want to go to an emergency room after hitting their head or falling, and that decision can cost them their life.
While there is no better option than immediate care, here are some signs to watch for that require immediate medical attention:
Remember, a person that has experienced a head injury may have no outward signs that they are injured and immediate medical attention can save their life.