What is a brain trauma injury?
Any blow to the skull or piercing that causes a whole range of symptoms can be classified as a brain trauma injury. Depending upon the injury, symptoms can be mild or severe and may also be delayed. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, because the medical team want to stabilise the patient to prevent the damage worsening, and also to ensure blood supply to the brain is not interrupted and that blood pressure is stabilised. Longer term treatment will include various therapies and rehabilitation techniques, depending upon what the patient needs. CT scans may be taken to establish the exact areas of damage and also X-rays of skull and spinal areas.
Concussion and coma
Is the most common brain trauma injury. Around 4 million people per annum suffer some kind of concussion. It is the most underreported injury and 20% of patients do not make a full recovery.
Check for concussion
Can the person open their eyes, can they answer questions?
Does the person feel nauseous, dizzy or want to pass out?
Brain injuries can range from mild concussion to coma.
If a person is unconscious and does not respond to stimuli after an injury to the head, they may be comatose and medical assistance should be sought without delay.
However, in all the above cases, the brain trauma injury must be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Compensation for brain trauma injury
If a person has suffered a brain injury and it was not their fault, they may be entitled to receive compensation. Sporting events and road traffic accidents are common causes of blows to the head. If medical attention was required, as discussed above and it happened within the last three years, then there may be an eligible claim.
How do I claim?
Accident Advice Helpline offers a 30-second online test which will tell you if you claim is likely to be eligible. After that, we ask you some quick questions about your injury and thereafter may be able to give you an estimate of what your claim may be worth. As previously mentioned brain trauma injury is complex and requires specialist evaluation. It is advisable to seek a solicitor experienced in this area of injury compensation law. We have a network of around 200 legal partners and will be able to refer you to an expert who can represent your case. An independent medical report will be required, so the claimant will have to attend a medical examination.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a professional claims management company specialising in helping those who have been involved in an incident that was not their fault claim compensation for their injuries.
Our friendly, helpful advisers are available by calling 0800 180 4123. We do not ask you for money in advance and all our partners work on a no win no fee* basis. You do not have to proceed with a claim, but if you do, we will do our best to give you all the information you need to make a decision.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Brain injury claims