If you have been injured on the head in an accident that was not your fault you need two types of advice. The first is obviously head injury medical advice and guidance on how to monitor and treat your head injury. The second is advice on how to claim personal injury compensation for your injury. Both are outlined below.
Expert head injury advice – medical
Expert head injury advice can be obtained from several sources. They are:
- Accident and Emergency Departments
- GP surgeries
- NHS Direct
A severe head injury is a very serious medical condition and if you are with someone who you suspect has a severe head injury an ambulance should be called immediately.
Symptoms of a minor head injury include:
- A bruise or bump on the head
- Feeling sick (nausea)
Around 90% of the 700,000 people who attend Accident and Emergency Departments every year with head injuries have what would be termed a minor head injury and are seeking head injury advice. Some expert head injury advice for adults who have minor head injuries is listed below:
- For 48 hours after the injury ask someone to stay with you and stay close to a telephone so that medical help can be sought if needed
- Rest and do not become stressed
- Do not consume alcohol
- If you have a headache you can take pain killers but must follow the manufacturer’s instructions – these are normally on a leaflet that is provided with the pain killers
- Do not play contact sports like rugby or football for three weeks and even then check with your doctor that it is safe for you to do so
- Do not return to work until you feel completely recovered and your doctor advises that it is safe to do so (see below for advice on loss of wages)
- Do not drive a car, motorcycle or bicycle until you are completely recovered
Expert head injury advice – legal
You can obtain legal head injury advice from a compensation provider called Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of highly trained professional advisers who have experience in dealing with head injury claims. They will allocate you a personal injury lawyer who will guide you through the legal process. At this time you should not be getting stressed (see above) so it is wise to let Accident Advice Helpline deal with all the hassle of the claim for you. It is very likely that all this can be sorted out over the telephone and that you will not have to go to court.
At some stage, you will probably have a medical assessment report prepared about your injuries and you will need to have one local appointment to get this done. To remove any financial stress for you, Accident Advice Helpline provide this service on a no win no fee basis so you do not have to worry about expensive upfront legal costs. With all of the stress removed, you can just concentrate on recovering from your head injury.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 12th March 2013
Author: David Brown