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Head Injury - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


If you have been injured in the UK by a healthcare professional including a doctor, dentist, nurse or technician in a surgery, hospital or clinic and would like to speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about Head Injury without further obligation, just use the helpline. A medical negligence lawyer who deals exclusively in personal injury claims involving clinical negligence will speak to you, giving free advice and information on how best to preserve your legal right to receive compensation as a result of injuries caused by medical negligence.

Head Injury

Head injuries can lead to permanent disability, impairment of mental abilities and death. They can include minor injuries to the scalp, moderate injuries to the skull, and severe traumatic brain injuries. Head injuries can cause concussions, which are the most common brain injury in sports with 1.6-3.8 million sports injuries per year. Concussions are related to traumatic brain injuries, which happen when the brain is jarred enough to bounce within the skull. These types of injuries can even happen in soccer, when you “head the ball”.

You don’t have to hit the head to cause a head injury. You can strike anywhere in the body and can jar the head enough to cause a brain injury. Concussions can be mild or very bad. The effects can be immediate or can show up as late as several hours or days after the injury. You can lose concussion or you can maintain consciousness. You can also get a contusion of the brain. This is when the brain is bruised. There can be a clot in the brain, called a haematoma and even a skull fracture. With a fracture, pieces of bone can break off and can cut vital areas of the brain tissue.

The sports that cause the greatest injuries include the following. This is for all ages of people:

  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball and softball
  • Recreational vehicles

In kids, the top five activities include bicycling, football, basketball, playground activities and soccer.

The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Depression
  • Dizziness or trouble with balance
  • Confusion
  • Feeling foggy
  • Double vision
  • Memory loss
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Problems concentration
  • Sleep problems
  • Memory problems

There are indications that a head injury is more serious than just a simple concussion. These include changes in pupillary size, seizures, drainage from the ears, nose or mouth, low blood pressure, fracture of the face or skull, bruising of the face, problems moving the extremities, problems with the five senses, irritability, slowed breathing rate, lack of consciousness, slurred speech, restlessness or clumsiness, blurry vision, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, or sudden worsening of symptoms after an initial improvement of symptoms.

When a person has a concussion, they need to stop the activity they are involved in and inform someone else that they have been injured. They need to get medical attention and be examined for symptoms. Report any symptoms to a health professional. Have someone with you at all times. Receive care by a medical professional as soon as possible if you have a severe traumatic brain injury. Remember that brain injuries are the major cause of sports-related deaths.

You may have to stay in the hospital if you have a traumatic brain injury. X-rays are taken to look for a skull fracture and a CT scan or MRI scan can be used to evaluate the brain for bleeding or the skull for fracture. Bruising on the brain can be noted. If you have a more serious injury, you might need surgery to take off the swelling or pressure from the brain.

Often, your family will be instructed on which things to do in order to watch you. They will ask “Where are you?” or “What time is it?” to make sure you are just fine. Other symptoms will be looked for to make sure the head injury is still mild. If the symptoms worsen, you can return to the hospital.

How do you lessen the risk of sports-related injuries? The best thing is to wear protective head gear. Buy the right size and the right equipment for the sport or job. Headgear should be used in baseball, cycling, softball, horseback riding, hockey, football, skateboarding, recreational vehicles, snowboarding, skiing, and wrestling.

Head Injury - Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here