Head injuries – symptoms and causes
Head injuries can be a very serious matter. They are not uncommon, either. Over 700,000 people a year will be diagnosed with head injuries in the UK. Of these, 70,000 will be severe head injuries. Head injuries symptoms should never be taken lightly. If diagnosed promptly, many head injuries symptoms can be treated and a full recovery made. not treated promptly, some severe head injuries could be life threatening and permanent.
What causes head injuries?
the most common cause of head injury is a head trauma. This can be a blow to the head from a collision or a foreign object, such as in a vehicle collision or a sporting incident. Or a head trauma could be caused by a blow to the head sustained in a fall or a trip, such as fainting or slipping from a pavement. It is not the speed or force of the head trauma that decides whether your head injury is minor or severe – it is the symptoms.
Minor head injuries symptoms
Many minor head injuries have no symptoms at all. Many of us bump our head regularly and need no medical help. But there are some symptoms that you should watch out for even in a minor head injury:
- swelling or bruises, or a black eye with no other bruising
- vomiting or nausea
- fainting, dizziness, difficulty walking or problems keeping your balance
- a sudden headache
- bleeding, especially if it is from your ears
- clear fluid from the nose or ears
- problems staying awake or a sudden change in mood or behaviour
Severe head injuries symptoms
If you notice any of the signs of severe head injury, you need to call 999 or immediately go to the nearest Accident and Emergency to make sure that the head injury is treated as quickly as possible. Severe head injuries symptoms include:
- unconsciousness, even if it very temporary
- signs of concussion including memory loss or disorientation
- temporary loss of any of the senses, including vision, hearing or slurred speech
- any fits or seizures
If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t delay – seek immediate medical attention. Remember that all baby and child head injuries should be treated as severe, even if they don’t present severe head injuries symptoms.
Head injuries compensation claims
Remember that we are here to help you with your compensation claim. If your head injuries were caused by someone else’s action or negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your pain, distress and financial loss. Our aim is to make your claim as stress free and simple as possible. To find out more, call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993 or try our online 30 second compensation test to see how much your compensation claim could be worth.
Date Published: 19th August 2013