The death of a man who was punched during a confrontation in Fort Collins is being investigated as a homicide. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on the body the 24-year-old after ruling his death a homicide, according to a coroner’s media release. The victim died of died of a blunt force head injury, the coroner’s office said. Another Fort Collins man was arrested immediately following the assault early Saturday.

Fighting in the movies often shows massive blows to the head that are inflicted without consequence to the victim, but in real life the injuries may be dire. This sad incident demonstrates how a blow to the head may be severe enough to cause bleeding in or around the brain. This type of bleeding can cause an intracranial hematoma, a serious condition that puts pressure on the brain. In the Fort Collins fight, the injury appears to be almost immediate. But for most, symptoms arise that indicate the need for medical attention. Seek immediate medical help if you or your child exhibits the following signs or symptoms after a head injury:

  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Confusion
  • Imbalance
  • Vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Unconsciousness

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