Head injuries can potentially be very serious and can lead to impaired consciousness. Injuries may not always be visible, as damage may have occurred to the skull or brain tissue. Patients suffering from a head injury may have a concussion, a short period of unconsciousness from which they will make a total recovery. Cerebral compression, or compression of the brain, may also follow a head injury. This is life-threatening and it is important to know what signs to look out for.
If the casualty has a head wound, it is likely they may have deeper damage, such as a skull fracture. If they have clear or watery blood leaking from their nose or ears, this is a sign of a serious injury. When treating head injuries, you’ll need to establish whether the casualty has a concussion, cerebral compression or skull fracture. Even in the case of concussion, they will usually need to attend hospital. If the patient is not taken to hospital, they should be monitored closely for the next 24 hours, as they may need further medical treatment. When treating head injuries, you should always advise the patient to attend hospital if they feel dizzy, have a worsening headache or double vision or are experiencing problems speaking or walking.
Has someone you know suffered from a head injury?
The treatment given in the moments after suffering a head injury can save a person’s life – for example how quickly an ambulance is called could mean the difference between life and death. If somebody stops breathing, CPR may need to be administered, and again this could save a life. If someone you know has suffered a head injury and you believe more could have been done to help them before an ambulance arrived, you may be able to claim compensation, if it can be proven that negligence occurred.
Has negligence occurred?
It takes a professional personal injury lawyer to objectively assess a situation and determine whether negligence is in fact to blame for a fatality or injuries sustained. It’s too easy to assign blame when you are upset, angry or injured, so leave it to Accident Advice Helpline to establish whether negligence has occurred. We have 14 years’ experience in the industry, and we’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen for our high levels of customer service. Call our freephone helpline today and let us help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown