Injuries to the head are always concerning, but critical head trauma is especially worrying as this could cause long lasting, potentially even life-changing damage. As such a critical head trauma will require immediate medical attention, as any severe blow to the head could in turn cause injury to the brain. At Accident Advice Helpline we have dealt with many cases of severe head trauma, caused by a range of accidents, most commonly road and industrial accidents.
Because we specialise in such compensation claims, we are familiar with the implications of a serious head injury and can help you make your claim in a compassionate and caring way. With our 30-second claim calculator you can see quickly and easily approximately how much you could be owed from an accident that was not your fault.
Symptoms of critical head trauma
If you or someone you know has recently received a blow to the head, look out for the following symptoms; if you notice the victim suffering from one or more of these you should consider going to hospital:
- Periods of unconsciousness; even brief moments of unconsciousness should be checked out and long periods of unconsciousness certainly should be reviewed by a doctor
- Difficulty speaking, loss of hearing and double-vision, any loss of the senses is a warning sign of severe head injury
- Fits or seizures where the body shakes and moves uncontrollably
- Difficulty in staying awake and feeling extremely sleepy
- Vomiting repetitively
- Memory loss or amnesia
- Clear fluid or blood coming from the ears or nose
Complications of a severe head trauma
As the head protects the brain there is a good chance of suffering brain injuries after receiving a severe injury to the head. Such further complications include:
- Build-up of pressure on the brain resulting from bleeding, blood clots or a build-up of fluid. This could lead to temporary or even permanent brain damage.
- An infection resulting from a skull fracture
- Post-concussion syndrome
According to the NHS approximately one in every two thousand cases of a severe head trauma prove to be fatal i.e. a person dying as a result of their injuries. Of course, a head injury does not to be a serious as this for some kind of compensation to be paid, and if you have suffered from a blow to the head that was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our friendly advisors.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen