My nephew was hit in the head with a baseball. He was wearing a helmet, so my sister insisted that he would be OK. I tried to talk her into taking him to the emergency room just in case, but she wouldn’t. Was I being a worrywart?

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Not in my book, but if she called your nephew’s doctor, she did the right thing. This is what the Brain Injury Resource Center advises:

Call the doctor. Anything more than a simple scrape or mild bump should be reported to the doctor. Head injuries are nothing to play around with because they may result in brain damage if not treated.

Observe the victim. If any of the following symptoms arise, report them to the doctor:

  • sleeping more than usual;
  • being hard to wake up;
  • clear fluid draining from the ears, mouth, or nose;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • dizziness;
  • headache;
  • a vacant or dazed expression;
  • loss of consciousness;
  • seizures;
  • lethargy;
  • irritability;
  • swelling;
  • bruising;
  • bleeding; and
  • memory loss.

Call 911 if the victim

  • is unconscious;
  • holds an arm or leg in an odd position; or
  • complains of neck or back pain.

Do not try to move the victim unless he or she would be in danger otherwise. Stay on the line with the emergency operator until you are told to hang up. Don’t drive to the hospital; emergency personnel can get to you more quickly and will have the necessary items to begin treatment when they arrive.

If someone you love has suffered brain injury because of a medical mistake, contact a Louisville brain injury lawyer at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.