There are several types of head injuries all with different symptoms; they can be minor injuries or traumatic ones which cause brain damage. The most common type of head injury symptoms is concussion which you can have when the brain has been shaken. Some head injuries can cause bleeding in the tissues and layers surrounding the brain. This could result in a haemorrhage which ultimately might require an operation to remove any blood clots.
Severe head injury symptoms and symptoms of brain damage
Severe head injury symptoms which could cause lasting brain damage are any and all of the following:
- Loss of consciousness which could be for a brief period, and could be concussion, or for a longer period of time.
- Being sleepy and having problems staying awake some hours after the accident and injury.
- A seizure or fit and being unable to control muscles and body movements.
- Having difficulty speaking, perhaps slurred speech.
- Problems with sight, possibly blurred vision or double vision.
- Problems understanding what is being said.
- Being unable to read or write normally.
- Difficulty in walking or balancing.
- Loss of power or weakness in a limb or limbs.
- Amnesia, for instance not remembering the accident.
- Clear fluid seeping from the nostrils, or ears as this could be caused by cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds the brain.
- A black eye when there is no other damage around the eye.
- Bleeding from the ears or just from one ear.
- Deafness (partial or full)
- A headache which persists hours after the accident.
- Vomiting after the accident.
- Changes in behaviour, such as unaccustomed aggression or irritability.
- Any open wound on the head.
If you have any of these severe head injury symptoms you should call an ambulance on 999 or have someone else drive you to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault then you may have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim. You have to file a claim within three years of the date of your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you with any aspect of your potential personal injury compensation claim. We are a law firm with more than ten years’ experience of helping people file compensation claims. We work with a team of specialist solicitors who are all experts in the field. They work all over the UK and operate on a no-win, no fee* basis.
You can visit our Accident Advice Helpline website to find out more about us and take the thirty second test which will give you an estimate of the amount of compensation you could get for your injury. Afterwards you may want to call us free of charge on one of our freephone numbers for expert legal advice about your potential personal injury compensation claim.
You can call at any time, and the numbers are 0800 689 0500 from a landline and from a mobile you can call free on 0333 500 0993. Why not give us a call now?