A non accidental head injury is one of the most serious injuries that the human body can suffer. Non accidental head injuries are injuries that are not due to an accident. These are sometimes called criminal injuries. They can be caused in many ways including being struck over the head with a sharp or blunt object, being pushed or thrown or being shot (bullet injury). There are two important aspects of coping with a non accidental head injury. The first is the medical side and includes recovering from the injury. The second is the legal side and involves claiming your rightful compensation for what you have suffered. Both aspects are discussed in more detail here.
Non accidental head injury – symptoms and treatments
The obvious medical concern with any head injury is that the brain may be injured. This is termed a traumatic head injury. Medical advice should always be sought for head injuries. Some head injury symptoms appear straight away after the incident and others take hours or even days to appear. Symptoms can include:
- Headache with or without nausea and vomiting
- Blurred or double vision
- Feeling drowsy or confused
- Slurred speech
- Losing consciousness
- Blood or clear fluid coming out of the ears or nose
- Feeling very thirsty
- Not being able to smell
If the brain tissue is permanently damaged or scarred then a wide of range of symptoms can result which can include emotional, memory and movement problems.
The treatment for a head injury is very variable and will be decided after a full assessment of the extent of the damage. It can include:
- Observing the victim at home or in hospital
- Medication – corticosteroids, painkillers or antibiotics
- Brain surgery to stop bleeding, remove clots or repair damaged tissue
- Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and emotional therapies to help the victim cope with the longer-term consequences of the brain injury
Some people spend long periods of time in hospital or in rehabilitation centres after suffering a non accidental head injury.
Non accidental head injury – claiming compensation
If you have suffered a non accidental head injury in a criminal incident then you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The easiest way to do this is to contact Accident Advice Helpline and they will advise you on what to do.
You will be allocated a personal injury lawyer who will act for you and help you claim your compensation. In general, the more serious injures get the higher levels of compensation. The personal injury lawyer will act for you on a no win no fee basis so you can avoid up front legal costs. There are fixed criteria for awarding compensation, but every case is different and so you will not know exactly how much you have been awarded until the end of your claim.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 12th March 2013
Author: David Brown