Head injury management
When you have a head injury you will be taken to your local Accident and Emergency department and your head injury management programme will begin. Your head injury will be examined and you may need to have an operation, depending on its severity. In order to provide you with the best possible care for head injury management, the hospital staff will need to be informed about how and when you were injured, if you had been drinking alcohol before your accident and if you have taken any illegal drugs. These questions are asked so that whatever treatment you are given, you will not react badly to it.
Head injury management in hospital
You will be asked about your accident and if you cannot remember how it happened, you should ask a witness to help you relate the details to your head injury management team. You will be asked about your symptoms and questions will include:
- Did you lose consciousness?
- Have you vomited or did/do you feel nauseous?
- Do you or did you have a headache?
Doctors will use the Glasgow Coma Scale to help them assess how badly you have been injured. This takes account of your speech and how well you are able to answer questions, your physical reflexes and how easy it is for you to open your eyes.
You will only be allowed to leave hospital after a head injury if your examination showed that you were at a low risk of brain damage and that you do not have the symptoms which would necessitate a stay in hospital.
If the medical team (head injury management team) suspect that you have suffered more severe brain damage then you will be kept in hospital for treatment which may include a CT scan and perhaps an operation.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered a head injury or any other injury in an accident which was not your fault, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury compensation claim. You may need expert legal advice and help to do so and that is where we at Accident Advice Helpline come in. We are a law firm with over ten years’ experience of dealing with personal injury compensation claims. We work with a team of solicitors who are all experts in this area of legal work and so we can offer you expert legal advice if you call one of our freephone numbers (listed below).
Why not visit our Accident Advice Helpline website and take the thirty second test which estimates how much compensation you could receive for your injury? Afterwards, you may feel encouraged to call us free of charge on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or from a mobile, you can call us free on 0333 500 0993. Why not call us now for expert legal advice regarding any type of personal injury compensation claim you think you may have? Our lines are always open!
Date Published: 24th October 2013
Author: David Brown