Concussion is a common, but less serious, type of brain injury that causes brief loss of consciousness, some memory loss and vision disturbances. It is usually the result of a severe bump to the head and a person suffering from minor concussion can normally recover quickly without treatment. More severe symptoms may include seizures, bleeding from the ears or difficulty staying awake or understanding what people around them are saying. In these cases, it is important to help the person suffering from concussion to seek treatment immediately, particularly if they have remained unconscious for a long period of time. Careful monitoring is required after suffering a concussion to ensure no complications occur. A failure to diagnose concussion could result in more serious brain injury such as bleeding on the surface of the brain or bleeding between the skull and brain. If a person who has had a serious knock to the head is having trouble staying awake, difficulty speaking, has a persistent headache or is suffering from loss of balance you should advise them to see a doctor immediately.
Complications involved in untreated concussion
If someone you know or you have experienced a knock to the head and feel confused or suffer from recurrent headaches, you may be concussed. A doctor should be seen to ensure that the concussion does not need any further medical attention. If you suffer a failure to diagnose concussion, some complications may occur depending on how the injury has affected you. There may be internal bleeding which must be treated immediately. In addition, if you sustained concussion while playing sports and return to the sport with an undiagnosed concussion, you may sustain another head injury. Where there is evidence that a doctor has been negligent and you have suffered an undiagnosed concussion, you may be able to claim for compensation.
How to make a medical negligence claim
Accident Advice Helpline is able to assist those who have been the victim of injury or illness that was the fault of someone else. You may be able to claim compensation if you have suffered a concussion which has gone undiagnosed and untreated causing you further injury or harm. Just contact us via our 24-hour helpline or take our online 30-second test to determine how successful your claim may be. You have no need to worry about dipping into your own finances as we operate under a ‘no win, no fee’* policy meaning you have nothing to pay upfront to make a compensation claim with our firm.
Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown