Argentina’s President Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury

According to recent news reports,
Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was told by her
doctors that she must take a month off from her duties due to a head
injury.  Describing the accident
as a “skull trauma,” doctors reported that Kirchner, 60, had been given
a neurological exam after she complained of migraine-like symptoms
during an exam.  No further details were given on the exact nature of
the trauma, but doctors mentioned a “chronic subdural collection.”  This
term can refer to blood that leaks between the brain and the dura or
covering that surrounds it.

During her absence, her duties will be performed by Vice President
Amado Boudou.  Kirchner, who replaced her husband as president when he
died from a heart attack in 2010, is in her second term as Argentina’s
president.

Head Trauma Defined, Covers Many Injuries

“Head trauma” is a term that is used by doctors to describe a wide
range of problems and injuries.  Literally anything that happens to the
head can be considered head trauma.  This means that the phrase itself
may become watered down when it is used to describe very minor accidents
as well as life-threatening injuries.

However, a good rule to keep in mind is that there is really no such
thing as a “minor” head trauma.  Even very small accidents with little
visible damage can result in serious injury and long-lasting
consequences for the victims.  Some of the most “minor” accidents have
resulted in some of the most serious head trauma injuries, so it is
never safe to assume that the visible severity of an accident correlates
to the danger presented by head trauma.

What Should I Do If I Suffer Head Trauma?

Those who are involved in an accident with head trauma should
immediately seek medical attention, even if they believe they are not
seriously injured.  Doctors have tests that they can perform that can
indicate very early if there is any danger of serious medical
consequences from a blow to the head.  Any accident in which a victim
hits his or her head in any way should mandate a trip to the doctor’s
office or emergency room.

After seeking medical attention, a patient with a head injury should seek legal advice.  Scarlett Law Firm has attorneys who can work with clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries to help them recover damages from those responsible.

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