Sustained a head injury? Speak to our expert team of injury solicitors to find out your legal rights!
Head injury remains one of the most serious and worrying types of injury that can occur following an accident or incident, irrespective of who was responsible for the accident occurring. Any trauma to the head can cause a loss of consciousness, internal bleeding or damage to the nervous system.
If you, or some one close to you, have suffered a head injury, especially if they lost consciousness as a result, then they should be examined and assessed as soon as possible by a medical practitioner.
What is the definition of a head injury?
A head injury may be defined as any trauma to the head, face or neck. Trauma may be caused by:
- A road traffic accident
- A fall from height
- A slip, trip or fall
- A pedestrian related accident
- A motorcycle accident
- A cycling accident
- A sporting accident
- Through medical negligence
- A work related accident
How is a head injury diagnosed?
Head injuries may be evident by obvious trauma to the head such as swelling, bleeding, loss of consciousness or severe pain. It is important that the casualty isn’t moved until a medical practitioner is on the scene and makes a rapid assessment of the injuries incurred.
Air ambulances may be used to transport the casualty to the nearest head trauma centre if the injuries are considered to be severe or life threatening. Alternatively, an ambulance may be called to transport the casualty to hospital, whilst assessment and treatment are ongoing.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is a universal index which is used to assess a casualty’s level of consciousness and response. A series of tests are made to establish eye movement, response and motor function and a score is given.
Treating a head injury
Head injury may be established using sophisticated imaging equipment such as Computerised Tomography (CT scans) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans). These can pinpoint the exact location and degree of damage in the head and indicate the causes of any bleeding.
Bleeding in the brain can be life threatening, as blood clots can form, causing swelling to damage the brain further. Surgery may be required to reduce the pressure in the brain and remove any blood clots that have formed.
Making a compensation claim with the solicitors in Great Witchingham
If you have sustained a serious head injury as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last 3 years, then you may wish to find out more about pursuing a personal injury compensation claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of their helpful telephone advisers who can notify you of your legal rights over the phone. Indeed, they can even establish your legal right to make a personal injury compensation claim and ensure that their injury solicitors in Great Witchingham handle all aspects of your claim on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: 4th April 2014
Author: David Brown