No doubt you’ve heard of people who have claimed compensation for injuries suffered in accidents caused by other individuals. Perhaps these injuries were caused in a car accident, for instance, or in an accident at work. But have you come across any instances where people have claimed compensation for vertigo? Is this condition something you could potentially make a claim for?
The first thing to be aware of when considering the chances of claiming compensation for vertigo is that it is not a condition – rather, the NHS describes it as a symptom of something else. Therefore, anyone who is suffering from vertigo – the feeling that their surroundings are spinning around them – may potentially have one of several conditions.
How many different types of vertigo are there?
There are two types of vertigo recognised by the medical profession. These are:
- Peripheral vertigo
- Central vertigo
Each of these may be caused by several issues. For example, peripheral vertigo is associated with a problem with the inner ear. This can affect your balance, therefore causing the feeling of vertigo. Meanwhile, central vertigo can be caused by several health conditions. Therefore, if you experience vertigo several times in a short period and the condition doesn’t go away, you should see your GP to get an accurate diagnosis.
While many cases of vertigo will be short-lived and don’t return, some people do suffer from vertigo following an accident that caused them to suffer a head injury. Several tests can be performed to determine any possible cause of vertigo. These include a CT scan and an MRI scan.
Can you get vertigo after an accident?
It’s possible to suffer from vertigo following an accident. Indeed, this type of situation is most likely to lead to someone claiming compensation for vertigo. For this to be a possibility, the individual should ideally have sought medical advice and got an official diagnosis that connected the vertigo to the accident they had.
When vertigo occurs in this type of situation, it is commonly referred to as post-traumatic vertigo. This can potentially happen if someone has suffered a head injury in the accident. Head injuries can range from minor ones to those that may require surgery and may be life threatening in some instances. They can happen in several ways, too:
- Car accidents
- Being struck by a vehicle
- Being knocked off a bicycle
- Being struck on the head by something, i.e. if something falls on you from above
- Striking your head in a slip, trip or fall
If you do receive a blow to the head in an accident, particularly if you lose consciousness, you should always seek medical advice. It is possible for you to feel well even if you have injured yourself; not all symptoms of a head injury become apparent straight away. Seeking medical advice will also ensure you have a strict record of what happened, where you sought treatment and what the diagnosis was. This may all be useful if you do decide later to seek compensation for vertigo.
Furthermore, if you do develop vertigo a short time after suffering a head injury, be sure to mention the original injury when you see your GP. The two may be connected, and mentioning the head injury can make it easier for a faster diagnosis to be made. If your GP agrees the vertigo was caused by the original injury, it may also make the process of proving negligence when seeking compensation for vertigo easier to go through. Interestingly, dizziness is also mentioned as a potential, but less common, symptom of whiplash – an injury often experienced when someone is caught up in a car accident. If your sense of dizziness involves the room spinning around, you should mention this to your GP.
How likely is it you could get compensation for vertigo?
Every case is different, and each incident will be treated and assessed on its own merits. There must be a direct link between your vertigo and the accident you had for compensation for vertigo to be considered.
Additionally, it is important to judge how bad your symptoms are before any amount of compensation for vertigo can be awarded. This may sound very complex, but it does help to have those medical records. These will be accessed as part of any claim you make – another reason why it is vital to get a proper assessment from your GP. They will make sure you are treated appropriately and that details of that treatment will be added to your medical records. This is far better than simply stating you have vertigo when there is no medical proof to go on to support your claim.
Contact our team today to see whether a claim may be worth making
Vertigo can be very distressing, especially when it happens often enough to disrupt your day. You may find there are things you cannot do for a while. Most cases of vertigo do resolve themselves in time, but a lot will depend on the severity of the symptom and why it was caused.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken to others who have suffered from vertigo in the past. Some have taken our online test prior to speaking with us – a test that takes around 30 seconds to fill in. You could do the same, or you could get in touch directly.
Information and help is at hand
Either way, you are very close to finding the information you seek regarding the chance to get compensation for vertigo. Call today on 0800 689 0500 or try ringing 0333 500 0993 instead. Whatever you do, you have a chance to try and find out whether your injury and your symptoms of vertigo could warrant a compensation claim to be awarded in your favour. It is easy to get in touch, and with no-obligation advice to fall back on, it’s easier than ever to see whether you have a chance to receive compensation. Why not get in touch with us now while everything is fresh in your mind?
Date Published: 26th October 2013
Author: David Brown