Most head injuries are nothing more serious than a bump on the head that has no underlying effects whatsoever. Perhaps a headache may occur, and there could be a visible bump, scratch or bruise, but nothing more than that. However, more serious head injuries can lead to a variety of symptoms such as concussion, dizziness and ongoing headaches. It is rare for a head injury hematoma to occur.
This is a condition whereby someone suffers a serious head injury – serious enough to cause bleeding on the brain. You may hear this referred to as a subdural hematoma, which describes an area of bleeding outside the brain, between the brain and the skull. This forms a pressure that exhibits different symptoms and requires urgent medical treatment.
How do you know if someone has a head injury hematoma?
It’s common to get a headache after a head injury occurs. However, if that headache gets worse and not better and is severe, this may indicate a more serious injury. Losing consciousness, feeling sick and being confused are among the other symptoms that could potentially indicate this.
Minor head injuries rarely lead to such things. However, if you or someone else has experienced a nasty head injury – perhaps from a fall or an accident, for example – you should always ensure a medical expert checks out the symptoms. They will be able to determine if there is anything more serious to worry about.
Can this injury lead to a chance of compensation?
It depends how it occurred. If someone else was responsible – e.g. through negligence at work, or by causing a car accident in which the injury was sustained – then yes, it is possible a compensation claim could be made. The amount received in the event a claim is successful will depend on how serious the injury was and whether there were any lasting effects from it. Any financial losses through being unable to work will also be considered.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you find out where you stand if you’ve suffered a head injury hematoma in the past three years. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. We are here to help, just as we’ve helped many others following accidents in all kinds of circumstances. Find out if we can support you in making a claim after an injury.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead