Blows to the head can cause all sorts of personal injuries of varying severity. Depending on the force of the blow, injuries can range from minor bruising or cuts to concussion, internal bleeding, skull fractures and brain damage. Severe blows may also cause neck and spinal injuries in addition to the head injury.
The extent of injuries by blows to the head can’t always be assessed immediately. If the victim is apparently all right and conscious, the best way to treat them is to let them rest, apply a cold pack to bruises or swelling and look out for signs of potentially more serious underlying injuries. Such signs may include:
- Severe headaches
- Loss of memory
- Blood or clear fluid coming from the nose or ears
- Noisy breathing
- Unequal size of pupils
Should any of these signs be detected, it is imperative to get the victim to the hospital and have them checked out immediately. This obviously also applies if the victim is unconscious, unable to move or bleeding profusely.
Blows to the head can be caused by vehicle collisions, slips, trips and falls, collisions with other players when participating in contact sports like rugby, football or hockey, for example, or by being struck by sporting equipment, such as hockey sticks, cricket or tennis bats or balls. Head injuries by falling objects and while participating in martial arts, wrestling and boxing are also fairly common.
Bumps on the head
Should you be injured by a blow to the head due to a slip, trip or fall, sporting, work or other accident caused by another person’s inappropriate behaviour, negligence or mistake, you may qualify for personal injury compensation.
To successfully make a claim for compensation, you will require the help of an experienced injury solicitor. Working under conditional fee agreements, our in-house team of solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline have been securing compensation for consumers injured by tripping, slipping or falling, road traffic, sporting and work accidents, for many years.
This experience enables our skilled legal team to handle claims efficiently and effectively, often predominantly over the phone. Such are their skills and experience that in many cases, claims do not even have to go to court before being settled. Take advantage of their experience by making a call to our Freephone number today on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and calls are strictly confidential.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice