Why Wear a Helmet?

by Terry Bryant

 

Why Wear a Helmet?

Helmets can prevent brain injuries.

Many outdoor activities recommend wearing a helmet to protect the participant from injury. These activities range from recreational and competitive bicycling, to baseball and softball, to extreme sports like mountain climbing.

Although the range of activities recommending a helmet varies, there is one goal in mind: protecting participants from a head injury. A head injury can be severe. And, unfortunately, many head injuries go undiagnosed during triage for two reasons: 1) other, more visible symptoms may distract the triage professionals from thoroughly evaluating a possible head injury; and 2) symptoms of a head injury may be delayed.

If you have been involved in an accident and hit your head, do not discount symptoms that may develop days later. Seek follow-up medical care from a trusted medical professional to obtain a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis.

Symptoms may indicate a concussion or traumatic brain injury. These may include a headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, behavioral changes, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident resulting in a head injury, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.