Minor head injuries, or head knocks as they are commonly known, are a typical day-to-day injury for both children and adults alike.
Due to the high number of head knocks you will experience throughout your life, you may be tempted to brush the injury under the carpet and get on with your day; after all, there are more severe accidents at work to worry about.
However, while it’s tempting, is it safe to do so? Can you really rest for five minutes with a glass of water following head knocks, or should you seek medical attention?
What to do after experiencing head knocks
Following minor head injuries, or head knocks, the NHS does recommend that the injured party sit down and rest, ideally with a cold compress to the head. If you are at work, be sure to take time out to recuperate sufficiently from your work-related injury. You may find a glass of water helpful.
At this stage following head knocks, you may notice dizziness, sickness and even a slight headache. It is important that you monitor these symptoms. Report the workplace injury to your management team, ensuring that the incident is recorded.
In the case that symptoms do worsen, you will need to seek medical help.
When to seek medical help for head knocks
In the case that your minor head injury symptoms worsen, you must immediately visit your local Accident and Emergency unit, if possible, or call 999 if you are unable to make your way to your A&E department.
Brain injury following minor head knocks
Unfortunately, the strength of the blow does not always mean that you are safe from harm. Minor head injuries can also lead to brain injury.
Following minor head knocks, be vigilant and look out for the following symptoms, which are indicative of further injury:
- Loss of consciousness
- Hearing impairment
- Visual impairment
- Fits and seizures
- Bleeding from the nose or ears
- Concentration problems
- Memory loss
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered a head injury at work, and believe your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered, Accident Advice Helpline could help you retrieve the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or after the call.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice