It is estimated that around a million people seek medical attention at A&E every year after being hit on the head, some of whom go on to seek compensation for personal injury from firms like Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd. While concussion is one of the most common at least serious of brain injury it can still pose a significant danger if not recognised quickly and treated appropriately. Here are the symptoms to look for:
- Brief periods of memory loss
- A short period of unconsciousness after the injury
- Feeling confused or dizzy
- Having double or blurred vision, or seeing black or coloured spots
- A sense of drowsiness
- Vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech or the inability to recall common words
- Poor balance when standing or walking
- Dulled hearing
- Clear liquid coming from the nose or ears.
A concussion is no trivial matter and cannot be self-diagnosed. People who experience any of these symptoms after a blow to the head should go straight to A&E to get a professional medical opinion. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms a doctor may request a head scan to rule out any swelling of or bleeding around the brain and allow them to correctly diagnose the concussion.
Treatments for Concussion
A mild concussion can be treated by applying a cold compress to the area of impact in order to reduce any swelling. Paracetamol can help treat pain but the NHS advises to avoid ibuprofen and aspirin as these can cause bleeding around the injured area. Rest and avoid strenuous activity and driving until your symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours. You should phase any return to sporting activities, especially contact sport, by gradually building up your level of involvement over several sessions. Seek medical advice if your symptoms return.
Making a Personal Injury Claim for Concussion
As with any personal injury claim, you will need to prove that someone was responsible for your injury and that you have suffered as a result. You will need medical evidence to support your claim, which is another reason it is wise to seek medical advice as soon as you suspect you may be suffering either concussion or post-concussion syndrome. The latter is a condition where symptoms similar to those of concussion can continue for weeks or months after an injury. It affects an estimated ten percent of people who suffer a concussion.
You have three years to make a personal injury claim either from the date of the injury, or the date you realised your condition was linked to the original injury, whichever is the most recent. If you are unsure whether you have a case for personal injury, you can chat to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today, fill in our contact form and an expert will get back to you.