Although not all head injuries are serious, some of them can be. It’s a fact that symptoms of injuries to the head and skull can take a few hours or even days to materialise. If the injury has resulted in a broken blood vessel this can lead to bleeding into the brain or into the area between the brain and the skull. This can result in a pressure building up which can be dangerous.
Symptoms to watch out for according to medical advice relating to head injuries include:
- A headache that won’t go away
- Feeling confused
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Weakness in, or the loss of use of an arm or leg
- Blurring of vision or double vision
- Fitting or collapse
- Unusual breathing patterns
What to do if you have received a head injury
If you have received a head injury the first thing you should do is see your doctor to have it checked out. Assuming the injury is not serious and you are discharged from hospital, you should try not to be on your own for the first few days, and should make sure that you are close to a telephone in case you need to ring for medical assistance.
You should not drink alcohol for a few days, and should only take sleeping pills and other sedatives if they have been prescribed by your doctor.
The usual head injury advice that your doctor will give you is to avoid contact sports for the first few weeks after a head injury. You should also avoid operating machinery or driving during the same period, and should not undertake any strenuous activities or work at height.
Head injury advice for claiming compensation
Head injury advice from medics to construction workers and those in the building trades is to avoid strenuous activity and working at height. Many people who suffer a head injury need to take time off work which results in lost wages. If the accident that caused your head injury was not your fault, you are entitled to claim compensation to make up for the wages that you have lost, as well as for your pain and suffering, and any out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred.
A law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help you with your compensation claim. AAH has been helping people with their compensation claims for over fifteen years.
AAH works with hundreds of solicitors who specialise in personal injury compensation claims. They all work on a no win no fee basis so you don’t have to worry about facing a large legal bill.
Most claims can be dealt with over the telephone, although you may need a medical assessment depending on the severity of your injury. Many compensation claims are settled without ending up in court, but if your compensation claim does go to court, you will not usually be required to attend.
Call AAH on their freephone numbers 0800 689 5659.