The Causes and Symptoms of a Severe Head Injury

car-breaksCar accidents are the most likely causation of severe head and brain injuries according to road accident statistics based on incidents involving one or more vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Other incidents causing severe head injuries are falls, accidents at home, sports related injuries, work or industrial falls, and assaults.

According to the NHS, 75% of people with severe head injuries are male, and up to  with 50% of cases being that of children and 20% being aged 65 and over.

Diagnosing a head injury can lead to recognisation of symptoms much earlier, sometimes saving people’s lives, well after the accident.

You must acknowledge- how you were injured – when you were injured – have you been drinking alcohol – if you have been taking any drugs

If you are with someone who has a severe head injury, try and get as much information out of them as possible, if they become incoherent, then instead look for symptoms and call an ambulance immediately.

Whether or not they are unconsciousness, either very briefly (concussion) or for a longer period of time

If they suddenly difficulty staying awake or still being sleepy several hours after the injury

If they begin having a seizure or fit (when your body suddenly moves uncontrollably.

If they have much difficulty speaking, such as slurred speech

If they have visionary problems or double vision

Are they having difficulty understanding what people say?

Do they have difficulty with balance or difficulty walking?

scaredAre they showing signs of amnesia (memory loss), such as not being able to remember what happened before or after the injury?

And very important visual symptoms of a severe head or brain injury

-Clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears (this could be cerebrospinal fluid, which normally surrounds the brain)

-a black eye (with no other damage around the eye)

-bleeding from one or both ears

-new deafness (loss of hearing) in one or both ears

-bruising behind one or both ears

-a lasting headache since the injury

-vomiting since the injury

-irritability or unusual behaviour

-visible trauma (damage) to the head, such as an open, bleeding wound

If any of these are visible, contact an ambulance immediately and try and keep the person awake, keep asking them if they can hear you, support their head.

Teen AngstWhat to do afterwards- advice, help and rehabilitation

Coping with the aftermath of a severe head injury yourself, or that of a loved one, can be a difficult and hard process to overcome, especially if you feel an accident wasn’t your fault, or you did not receive the amount or quality of treatment you expected.

Although there are common symptoms for that of severe head and brain injuries, every person is different, and will require different levels of treatment and recuperation. If you feel that yourself or a loved one has suffered as the result of an accident that wasn’t their fault, or was denied treatment or given the wrong type of treatment then it is in your best interests to contact a specialist head injury claims lawyer to get you the justice you deserve. As many cases of head injuries are accidental, the success rate of claims is very high.

The best advice is that time is a great healer. Make sure yourself, or a loved one has a lot of rest, and builds up the amount of things they can do day by day. Recovering from a head and brain injury is unlike any other area of the body, and takes longer to heal and become as strong as it once was before.