Concussion is when the brain is ‘shaken’ usually by a blow to the head. Concussion can be caused by falls, a blow in a fight, sports injury or car accident. Concussion doesn’t cause lasting damage to the brain but it does temporarily disrupt normal brain activity. Casualties suffering from concussion will make a full recovery, but should be monitored in case other symptoms develop later.
Concussion usually results in a short period of impaired consciousness – it may be accompanied by a mild headache, memory loss and dizziness or nausea. When treating concussion, you should check the casualty’s levels of response by using the AVPU code:
- A – Are they alert and responding to questions, with eyes open?
- V – Do they respond to voice?
- P – Do they respond to pain, such as pinching them?
- U – Are they unresponsive?
When treating concussion, the patient’s vital signs should be monitored for at least 24 hours: pulse, level of response and breathing. When they have recovered they should be left in the care of a responsible adult. If they develop a worsening headache, double vision, vomiting or seizures, they should go to hospital.
If the casualty is over 65, intoxicated or has no responsible adult to look after them, you should take them to hospital.
Have you suffered from concussion?
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident or been injured playing sports and suffered from a blow to the head, you may have experienced a concussion. The treatment you receive can help to ensure you don’t go on to develop any complications – for example, if you start to suffer from double vision, you should be taken to hospital as you may be more seriously injured. If you or someone you care about hasn’t received the emergency treatment they should have, you could claim compensation.
Can you make a claim?
If negligence has occurred, you may be able to claim compensation, but you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer. That’s where Accident Advice Helpline can come to your aid. We’ve been in the business since 2000, helping people claim the compensation they deserve, so we really know our stuff. We don’t charge any upfront fees; our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, and we’re recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, so you know you’ll receive nothing but the very best service from us. Call our freephone helpline today to find out if you could claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown