Accidents can happen at any time and random incidents can occur simply by walking down the street. Most of us tend to remain as observant as possible, keeping our focus on everything at eye level.
Unfortunately, many of the factors that cause injuries, such as hitting your head on the pavement, result from obstructions on the ground. Paving stones, particularly on busy city streets, are subject to a great deal of wear and tear. This is down to the high levels of human traffic, but is also exacerbated by the British climate.
The end result of all this stress is that stones can become cracked. This will lead to sharp edges, as well as parts of the paving that will become raised. The trouble with these scenarios is that they are not always visible until we are right at the point where the damage has occurred. When people strike their head it can have serious knock-on affects. If anyone behind has not had enough time to react, then they could fall, provoking multiple collisions.
What can happen in the long-term?
Hitting your head on the pavement can lead to concussion. This is a medical condition that should be treated by a professional. Even if you suspect that the blow was fairly minor, you should still pay a visit to your local accident and emergency department so that you can be assessed.
Injuries are not always apparent until the location has been X-rayed. With any injury of the skull there is always the potential for brain damage. As well as the physical effects, any head trauma has the potential to cause long-term psychological issues.
Can anyone help with your claim after a head injury?
Accident Advice Helpline have been providing no-obligation advice to those injured because of someone else’s negligence for 14 years. If you would like us to investigate whether your particular circumstances would merit a no win, no fee* claim, then phone our free hotline – 0800 689 0500 – and let us ease the weight of worry from your shoulders.
Your call will allow us to alert our team of professional compensation claims solicitors who appreciate everything there is to know about cases such as yours. You can also visit our website and try out the 30-second claim calculator, which will give you an instant picture of any compensation for your head injury.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Head injury claim