Actress Natasha Richardson's tragic skiing accident has raised questions about falls and head injuries. We asked Consumers Reports' medical adviser Orly Avitzur, M.D., how to recognize the warning signs of a serious head injury. Dr. Avitzur recommends seeking immediate medical attention if after a blow to the head you experience:
And how can you be certain a headache is a just a headache and not a life-threatening injury? If you have a headache that is severe and doesn't respond to acetaminophen (Tylenol), contact your doctor right away.
For more, read our Consumer Reporter blog on ski safety and helmets.