If you’ve fallen from a height or you’ve been injured in an accident at work, there may be a risk of concussion. Concussion normally occurs following a head injury and it must be treated very carefully. In some cases, even the most innocuous slip or trip can cause severe damage and sometimes, the onset of symptoms can be delayed.
What causes concussion?
Concussion affects mental function and usually becomes apparent after an accident or incident which involves a blow to the head. Possible causes of concussion include:
- road accidents
- fighting and assault
- sports injuries
- slips, trips and falls
Caring for concussion injuries
Caring for concussion is very important. If you’ve sustained a head injury, you should always seek medical assistance. Symptoms of concussion include feeling dizzy and light-headed, memory loss, confusion, blurred or double vision and delayed responses to questions.
If you have a head injury, doctors caring for concussion will often advise a period of observation. In mild cases, self-help techniques such as applying ice to reduce swelling and taking painkillers may be sufficient to ease symptoms. In the most severe cases, when an individual loses consciousness or they display signs such as severe confusion, drifting in and out of consciousness, vomiting or a lack of coordination or balance, emergency treatment may be recommended and you should call 999.
If you’ve suffered concussion, it is wise to take things steady for a few days afterwards. Avoid strenuous exercise, get plenty of rest and seek advice if your symptoms linger or start to get worse.
Claiming for an injury at work
If you’ve sustained an injury at work in the last 3 years and you were not at fault, you have the right to claim work injury compensation. Employers in the UK have a duty of care to their employees and if you feel that a work accident occurred due your employer’s negligence, you should be able to claim work accident compensation. If you’ve taken time off or your income has been reduced as a result of your work-related injury, compensation could help to ease financial pressures and give you peace of mind.
If you’ve been injured in the last 3 years and you have evidence to show that your employer was at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today to go through the ins and outs of the claims process and discuss your individual case with an advisor. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will do all the leg work for you and we operate a no win, no fee policy. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 09933 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown