When someone experiences a head injury, what to do next can make all the difference to the outcome. While most head injuries are minor and don’t cause any concern, a small minority can lead to serious problems. In the case of traumatic brain injuries, prompt medical attention is always required to ensure the best outcome.
If someone has lost consciousness after a head injury, it is imperative they seek medical help as quickly as possible. The best thing to remember is always to seek help if you’re unsure how bad the injury is. Loss of consciousness, no recall of what happened and a worsening headache could all potentially indicate a serious injury – not necessarily, but it is possible and you should get help.
Major or minor head injury? What to do
Minor head injuries occur all the time. They do not usually result in loss of consciousness, although the person can experience some blurred vision and dizziness. Neither of these will be severe – if they are, it could indicate something more serious has happened.
It is imperative to keep an eye on someone who has received a blow to the head, no matter how it happened. An injury caused in a fall or a car accident, or something similar, should always be checked out. However, it is always good to stay with someone for 24 hours following an accident to make sure they do not worsen.
Seeking advice about a claim
When you have a head injury, your primary cause for concern will be to watch for symptoms, to rest and to get well as quickly as possible. This could occur in a few days or take much longer, if you suffered a serious head injury.
When assessing a head injury, what to do in terms of first aid and seeking advice is the most important thing to focus on. However, there may come a time when you wonder about compensation, and whether you could claim anything. If this is the time for you to ask questions, we’re here to help. Calling Accident Advice Helpline is easy however you do it – on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using a mobile. Whenever you are ready to call, we’re here – just make sure you do it within three years of receiving the injury you are calling about.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead