Injuries to the head are always a cause for concern, regardless of how severe these are. This is especially true in instances of injuries needing head stitches. Unfortunately head injuries are relatively common and usually result from someone being in an accident and not wearing the correct protective clothing, such as a cycling helmet.
With this being said, however, it is still possible to sustain head injuries when wearing a helmet, especially if the incident you are involved in is serious enough. In these instances it is often likely that the individual would have been killed had they not have been wearing a helmet or other protective clothing.
Types of head injury
The type and severity of head injury sustained can vary; it isn’t just those injuries needing head stitches that are considered severe. Here are some of the types of head injury people in accidents typically receive:
- Scalp wounds: where the skin that covers and protects your skull is injured, leading to bleeding or tissue damage
- Closed injuries: this is an injury that hasn’t penetrated brain tissue or broken open the skull, but can cause bruising and swelling of the brain.
- Open injuries: an injury that has penetrated the skull, caused bleeding within the brain tissue, or has caused a skull fracture or skull bones to press into brain tissue
- Concussion: the symptoms of this vary depending on the severity of the concussion, although they usually include headache and in more severe cases a loss of consciousness
Signs of head injury
If you have been involved in an accident you should look out for signs that you or anyone else involved might have sustained a head injury. Here are some signs of head injuries:
- Unconsciousness: any loss of consciousness, regardless of how long this is for, could be the result of a head injury
- Fits or seizures: where the body moves suddenly and uncontrollably
- Difficulty in staying awake
- Difficulty in speaking: forgetting words or being unable to construct sentences
- Sensory problems: such as becoming unable to taste, smell, hear, or suffering from double-vision
- Vomiting repeatedly: if you have been sick a few times you may have a head injury
- Liquid from ears or nose: if you suffer any clean liquid or blood coming from your nose or ears
- Amnesia: or memory loss of any kind
When it comes to claiming compensation for head injuries, Accident Advice Helpline is more than experienced. We have helped many victims of head injuries get the compensation they deserve after being involved in an accident that was not their fault, and in the event of injuries being sustained even though protective gear was worn.
If you have sustained injuries needing head stitches as a result of an accident that was not your fault, and despite wearing protective gear, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Call one of our expert staff on 0800 689 0500 for no-obligation advice, and take advantage of our no win, no fee service.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen