Head injuries can range from minor to severe and can be caused in a variety of ways, from car accidents to accidents at work. Every year, around one in every 2,000 people who attend A&E with a head injury die as a result of their injury. Symptoms of minor head injury can include:
- Mild dizziness
- Blurred vision
There is not usually any permanent damage with minor head injuries, but patients should be checked out at A&E. Symptoms of severe head injuries include:
- Fits or seizures
- Struggling to speak or stay awake
- Memory loss
- Repeated vomiting
- Sensory problems such as double vision
Severe head injuries require immediate treatment, as they can cause severe, long-term brain damage. Those suffering from a severe head injury should always be assessed by a professional using the Glasgow Coma Scale, which ranges from three to 15 (with 15 the least severe type of injury). It’s important to attend A&E or call 999 if you or someone you know displays these symptoms. A CT scan of the brain will usually take place and you should be kept under observation in hospital to check for any bleeding or swelling of the brain. Head injuries can cause serious complications such as post-concussion syndrome and infection after a skull fracture.
Have you suffered a head injury?
If you have been affected by a failure to diagnose head injuries, you’re probably feeling angry and frustrated at being let down by healthcare professionals. You may have been sent home from hospital too early and later suffered complications, or the required scans may not have been carried out to check for brain damage. The consequences of failure to diagnose head injuries can be far-reaching, leaving individuals disabled or brain damaged for life, so it is worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to enquire about claiming compensation for medical negligence, if this has happened to you or a member of your family.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer you can trust, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. We’re endorsed by UK consumer champion, Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. We work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* basis, so our services are affordable to everyone. Whether you have received sub-standard treatment for a minor head injury or have been left disabled after failure to diagnose a severe head injury, we can help. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.