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The Telegraph have recently published an article regarding the potential dangers to those who have sustained minor head injuries. Whilst many head injuries are slight and result in no lasting damage it is important to remind ourselves of the common symptoms that are exhibited after a head injury and most importantly when medical assistance is needed.
The common effects of a minor head injury are:
- a mild headache
- mild dizziness
- mild blurred vision
In these cases it is essential that the injured person is closely monitored for at least 24 hours after sustaining the injury. If there are any changes in their presentation, seek medical advice.
However, medical attention must be sought if the head injury is sustained by a forceful blow such as those experienced in moderate to high speed road traffic accidents, or there was a period of unconsciousness following the injury. Early detection of head injury can allow for the correct medical and rehabilitative support to be given.
Should the following symptoms occur it is important to seek medical assistance. It may be that what felt like a minor head injury is something far more serious. Taking early action is vital.
- clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears
- bleeding from the ears
- skull damage or a penetrating head injury
- seizures or fits
- difficulty speaking i.e. slurred speech
- difficulty understanding what people say
- reading or writing problems
- balance problems
- loss of power or sensation in part of the body
- visual problems
- memory loss
- anger or unusual behaviour
At Novum Law we act for client’s who have sustained different severity of head injuries, from minor to very severe. Irrelevant of severity of injury the symptoms and deficits that are experienced as a result of brain injury can be life changing. If a head injury is sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence it is important to speak to a Solicitor who understands the injury and its impact on the individual and their family.
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