Wednesday 20 May 2015

Traumatic Brain Injury or Head Injury

One of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of my job is dealing with personal injury cases that involve a head injury. I have dealt with a number of non-fault accident cases where the injury has involved a blow to the head. The effects of this type of injury to a person is profound and when we come across such a claim we look into how the injury has affected the client’s family and friends, how their work and career is affected and what their future is likely to hold for them so that we can secure the best compensation for them.
In some cases the traumatic brain injury is obvious and it has already been diagnosed and treated in hospital. There are however also other incidents where the head injury is concealed; otherwise known as a closed traumatic brain injury, and the injury can remain undetected because the injury is internal and the symptoms are often revealed over time.
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The indicators of a closed brain injury will be different in each case and will depend upon where the impact occurred on the head, as each part of the brain is responsible for distinctive functions. It is the subtle and closed brain injury cases that are more challenging because often the injury remains undiagnosed and the symptoms suffered by the victim are often not linked to the accident. It is through meeting our clients, talking to them and their family about their experiences and taking a detailed account of pre accident events and the post-accident events, that we have suspected head injuries. We have then referred them to experts like neurologists, neuropsychologists and others if appropriate, for an examination, testing and medico-legal reports. The experts will provide an opinion on the diagnosis, comment upon the severity of the injury, recommend treatment if appropriate and will provide a prognosis. 

When we are presented with an accident case that could involve a head injury I look out for symptoms that include the following:

Loss of consciousness
Loss of balance
Blurred or double vision
Bleeding from one or both ears
Clear fluid coming out of ears or nose
Speech problems
Complaints of loss or change in taste and hearing
Severe headache
Inability to recognise faces
Inability to generate emotions
Language problems
Problems with word retrieval and spelling
Behavioural problems
Loss of social skills 
Inability to think, plan and organise.

It is important to seek medical advice on any symptoms that you suffer following an impact to your head and if the accident has been caused as a result of someone else’s fault or if it could have been avoided by someone if they had taken appropriate action, then seek legal advice from us so that we can help you bring a claim and arrange any treatment and rehabilitation that you require.
If you would like to chat about the possibility of bringing a claim for head injury then please telephone me on 01992 422 128 or email
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Garden House Solicitors of Hertford

Tel: 01992 422 128

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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