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Compensation for a head injury

A guide to claiming compensation for a head injury

Claiming compensation for a head injury can be some of the most serious cases we deal with. This guide covers the causes and symptoms of head injuries, and the support we offer our clients in making a claim for compensation for a head injury.

The causes of head injuries

The two most frequent causes of head injuries are car accidents and sporting incidents. Car accidents are by far the most common cause and also account for the highest number of delayed diagnosis of head injuries, because people fail to spot the symptoms. Many sports coaches are trained to spot signs of head injuries and get the prompt medical attention they need.

There are two distinct types of head injury, open and closed. An open head injury means that there is some kind of open wound. Usually, this involves some kind of foreign object. For example, an open head injury in a car accident might be caused by a person smashing through the windscreen and being injured by glass. A closed head injury describes a blow to the skull that causes bruising or injury internally. For example, a closed head injury in a car accident might be caused by a driver’s head striking a steering wheel.

The symptoms of head injuries

The symptoms of a head injury can be easily ignored, but not necessarily missed. Many of the symptoms seem mild and temporary, so we tend to think we have ‘gotten over’ them. However, it is important to get early medical treatment for any head injury. Some of the symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Any obvious wound to the head, bruising to the head or face, and bleeding or fluid from the nose or ears
  • Impairment of any of your senses, particularly if your speech or eyesight are affected
  • Loss of movement of any part of your body or difficulty with coordination
  • Confusion or a sudden mood change

If you notice any of these symptoms you should see a doctor straight away, even if the symptoms seem temporary.

Claiming compensation for a head injury

If you are thinking about claiming compensation for a head injury, make sure you get the help and support you need. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can offer you the very best injury claims solicitors, a 24-hour helpline and full administration of every aspect of your claim. All of this is yours on a no win no fee basis with no up-front fees to pay.

Why not check the value of your claim on our 30-second online compensation calculator, or get personalised, no-obligation advice from our friendly advisers? Call 0800 689 5659.