Our heads are probably the most vulnerable part of our body. Each year over a million people present to accident and emergency departments across the UK with some kind of head injury. Many of these injuries are a result of an accident that was someone else’s fault.
The trouble is that even a slight knock to the head can cause damage even if we don’t immediately realise how serious an injury is. It can take up to a couple of days before the real symptoms of a brain injury start to manifest. That’s why A&E departments are extremely cautious when a head injury has been sustained or you have lost consciousness for even a few seconds after an accident.
Head Injury Symptoms
If you have had an accident and exhibit any of the symptoms below, then you should consult your doctor immediately:
Loss of Consciousness
Even if you have only briefly lost consciousness it’s a sign that you have sustained an injury that could potentially be serious. It’s important that you see a medical professional and are assessed immediately. In most cases, this normally involves calling an ambulance and being taken to the nearest accident and emergency department. Don’t be fooled into thinking that everything is ok simply because you have recovered and don’t feel any adverse effects.
Problems with Speech
Another sign of potential brain damage is having trouble speaking. Your speech might be slurred, or you may have difficulty finding the right words or sound confused. A traumatic brain injury can cause all sorts of damage including affecting the muscles around your face and vocal cords. You may also have difficulty understanding what other people are saying.
Your Senses Are Affected
It’s not just your speech that can be affected. Any of your senses may be damaged if you have a head injury. Your vision could be blurred, for instance, or there might be ringing in your ears or partial deafness. Some people even experience a loss of taste or find that some parts of their body feel numb. Different parts of the brain control different senses, so impairment to a specific sense may indicate where the damage is located. Again, don’t ignore this and hope it will go away – seek medical advice.
Nausea, Vomiting, Headache or Muscular Weakness
Other symptoms of a head injury can include feeling sick and having a headache. These are pretty common when you have had a heavy blow. Your muscles might feel weak or you may have trouble standing properly and maintaining your balance. There could also be symptoms such as blood or a clear liquid coming out of the nose or ears which will need to be investigated.
Claiming Compensation for a Head Injury
Severe head or brain injuries are generally classified as catastrophic injuries because of the impact they have on the individual. This is an incredibly complex legal area and one that needs specialist input from an experienced personal injury solicitor, like the team at Accinet.
The no win no fee solicitors at Accinet will work hard to ensure you are financially compensated for you injury so you can meet the cost of any ongoing treatment or rehabilitation you may need as a result of the injury and to pay for any adjustments that may now be needed in your life as a result of that injury.
Due to the severity of head injuries it is always important to have head injuries looked at as soon as possible by a medical professional. If you have had a head injury and it was a result of an accident, then Accinet can help get you the compensation you deserve.