Falling is an insidious accident that can affect anyone. It is sudden and can prove to be extremely traumatic, particularly when it happens in public. Where there is no warning that it is about to happen, the victim cannot throw out their hands to protect themselves. This means that when they do hit the ground they can incur head injuries from a fall.
These will need to be addressed immediately as the knock on affect can be serious. The patient will initially appear to be dazed and confused, and there may be some bleeding from superficial wounds.
Where someone has suffered from a blow to the head they must seek medical attention. The person might appear to have recovered well from the traumatic experience and insist that they are fit to carry on, but very often this confidence is a smokescreen masking their true condition.
They might not realise it themselves but they are very likely to be experiencing concussion. If this is not properly assessed by a medical professional then it can lead to much longer term injuries to the brain. A head injury should be assessed in hospital, and only an x-ray will reveal the full extent of the damage.
What are the longer-term effects of head injuries from a fall?
Although the human brain is encased by a skull, it is actually suspended in fluid. So where there is any sort of impact, it can still get shifted around inside its protective container. This is why blows to the head should be properly assessed. The longer-term impact of any head injury can be mental stress.
Like the initial incident, there are may be no physical evidence of anything untoward. However, anyone who has undergone any sort of dramatic incident can suddenly develop anxiety or post-traumatic issues. Symptoms can arise many months after the actual accident.
Will Accident Advice Helpline provide assistance?
If you have been the victim of an accident where you unwittingly incurred head injuries, you will no doubt have been left traumatised.
However, if you feel that the blame for your experience lies with someone else, and the incident happened within the past three years, we could help to investigate whether or not your circumstances would merit compensation.
Phone Accident Advice Helpline now, on 0800 689 0500. We have 14 years’ experience in assisting with claims exactly like yours. We will transfer you to one of our team of compensation claims solicitors, who will be only too delighted to assess your case.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen