Most people are aware that head injuries can range from minor to very serious and sometimes even life threatening. A head injury blood clot, for example, can threaten the life of the person who has suffered it, and they will need emergency treatment to alleviate the symptoms.
A blood clot usually occurs between the brain and the skull, appearing on the surface of the brain because of a head injury. Sometimes there may be bleeding or bruising to the outside of the head, but in other cases it is known as a closed injury – i.e. an injury you cannot see, which is causing severe pressure inside the head.
How should a head injury blood clot be treated?
Typically, surgery is performed as quickly as possible to alleviate the pressure inside the head. Usually, a CT scan will be done to identify whether there is any bleeding, and where any clots might be present. A blood clot is usually referred to as a haematoma, which is a clot that puts pressure on an area of the brain. This could lead to brain damage if it is not treated.
Normally, this injury will become apparent in the hours immediately after someone receives a blow to the head. This is called an acute subdural haematoma. If you experience confusion, sickness, a worsening headache or fall unconscious (or someone you know has had a head injury develops these symptoms), do not delay – get medical help as quickly as possible.
Can you claim later for what happened to you?
If you have been through this experience already, you will know how important it is to rest and recover as best you can. However, if you are thinking back to the accident and you suspect someone else caused it, you could make a claim to get some compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline could help you. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or try the online test we have created especially for you. Alternatively, if you’d like to call from a mobile phone, call 0333 500 0993 instead. If you do, we can advise you on your situation and whether there could be evidence of negligence to support a claim made by one of our lawyers. Make sure you call within three years of being injured to ensure there is still time to make that claim for a head injury blood clot.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead