What is 'head injury'?

Head injury is a medical term used to describe any trauma to the head other than superficial wounds to the face. A head injury can result from a car accident, motorcycle accident or being hit on the head whilst working. A head injury can be minor or serious and can manifest itself with a whole host of symptoms.

Typically if you suffer some kind of trauma to your head which requires medical attention and a visit to hospital the severity of your head injury will be assessed using what is known as the Glasgow Coma Scale. The scale is between 3 and 15 with 3 being the most serious injury and 15 being the least serious injury. A score of 8 or less usually indicates a severe head injury, which can often involve some kind of brain injury.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms, which might indicate some kind of brain injury, are:

  • loss of consciousness
  • seizures
  • slurred speech
  • loss of or blurred vision
  • loss of power/movement in parts of the body/limbs
  • pins and needles
  • memory loss
  • continuing headache
  • continuing vomiting
  • visible trauma to the head

All of these symptoms require medical assessment to determine the extent or otherwise of any injury. It is important to remember that all of the above symptoms can be symptoms for other conditions as well as a brain injury therefore it is not necessarily the case that you have suffered a brain injury but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is advisable to seek medical attention so as to rule out a head injury.

Seek Early Treatment

All head injuries can potentially be life threatening which is why it is so important to seek urgent medical attention if you believe that you have suffered such an injury. Any delay or failure to properly diagnose and treat a serious head injury can have catastrophic consequences, which can be fatal or result in permanent brain damage.

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Experts

If you believe you have been the victim of a medical error or negligence regarding the diagnosis of or treatment for a head injury it may be possible to make a claim. Compensation cannot bring back a loved one or give medical miracles, but it can help family members that are left behind or help provide care for the patient who has suffered as a result of the negligence.  If you would like to discuss a possible claim please contact Andy Shaw a specialist brain injury solicitor who will be able to offer you further free advice and information or call free on 0800 073 0988.

What our clients say

We know that we have been extremely fortunate to have had such a consummate PI lawyer in Andy acting on our behalf but we have also been blessed by having had his support, trust, friendship and loyalty throughout. We cannot ever thank him enough.

The compensation Nicola has received has helped her move from a tiny council flat into a massive bungalow which has been specifically adapted. It has enabled her to have a better life.

If it was not for the help of my solicitor I don't know where I would have been today. He provided a great deal of emotional support and secured compensation at various stages from the insurance company to fund my treatment and allow me to live. He was there from start to finish.

Higgs & Sons acted for us for 5 years until our daughters claim for personal injuries was finally settled. Ian remains a trustee of our daughters trust fund and we now look upon him as a friend.