How many symptoms do you think could arise following a typical head injury? The answer depends on where the person was struck on the head, and how heavy that blow was. Dizziness, headaches and nausea are all common, but what about a head injury with loss of smell? Would that be something you’ve heard of before?
Our sense of smell is something most of us underestimate. But just think about walking past a bakery where fresh bread is being baked, or the smell of freshly brewed coffee. You’d miss those if you lost your sense of smell. However, you might also be put in danger without a sense of smell, since you wouldn’t be able to smell smoke if a fire broke out.
How likely is it you could have a head injury with loss of smell?
This is more likely to occur after a traumatic brain injury rather than a mild one. The olfactory nerve is responsible for delivering aromas and smells to the brain so we can sense them, and if a head injury results in damage to this nerve, we may lose our sense of smell. This can also affect our ability to taste things.
If you’ve had a head injury that has led to this outcome, it is wise to speak with your doctor as soon as you can. The longer you go without your sense of smell after a head injury, the less likely it is it will return.
Can you claim compensation for this?
Accident Advice Helpline deals with compensation claims all the time. We handle many claims relating to head injuries too, and some of these relate to a head injury with loss of smell. Our lawyers are trained and experienced in assessing and handling personal injury claims, and if you think you have a chance to claim following your own head injury, you should get in touch.
There is a three-year period for adults over the age of 18 in which a claim should be started. Calling us on 0800 689 0500 will determine how quickly you can claim if you have a good case. You can also ring from any mobile phone using the number 0333 500 0993 if you prefer. Our team is standing by, so find out if we can help you seek compensation following your accident and traumatic head injury.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead