Many head injuries lead to someone experiencing symptoms of concussion. Concussion is classed as a mild traumatic brain injury and is a brief loss of mental function as a result of an impact to the head. It can cause both short term and longer term problems.
Concussion is one of the most common brain injuries and lots of people will experience it in their lifetime. This does not mean it is any less serious though and can sometimes result in unconsciousness.
Concussion is common in road accidents, falls and trips, sporting accidents and injuries caused by a criminal assault. However your concussion has been caused, you should visit your GP or your local A&E Department to make sure that there is not a more serious underlying brain injury.
If you’ve suffered concussion after an injury, our head injury claims solicitors will be able to advise you on making a claim. At CFG Law, we have over 30 years’ experience dealing with many concussion and head injury compensation claims with absolute compassion and professionalism.
Our specialist head injury solicitors are here to help – you can call us at any time on 0800 612 8196 to discuss your claim (or to discuss a family member’s claim). Or you can arrange for one of our head injury solicitors to call you back within a few minutes.
Our head injury solicitors will advise you on whether you can seek damages for your injury and help you to get the support you need in order to make a successful recovery from your injury.
Choosing a solicitor with head injury experience
It is vital that if you have sustained a head injury you speak to a solicitor with proven expertise in dealing with these claims, as well as demonstrating a compassionate and fully supportive approach. Head injuries can be extremely complex, so we would always recommend asking your solicitor questions to make sure they have the experience to successfully deal with your claim.
Here at CFG Law we have helped many clients and their families with complex brain injury claims. We are also members of Headway (the Brain Injury Association) Head Injury Solicitors Directory, proving expertise in this area.
We also understand that clients want to get back to work and regain their life as quickly as possible. We have the resources and expertise to ensure that you have access to the best experts and support services almost immediately, to put in place a bespoke programme of treatment and rehabilitation for your head injury.
From our experience, by far the most crucial factor in ensuring the greatest amount of physical and emotional progress is early treatment and rehabilitation.
Symptoms of concussion
Concussion symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Following a concussion you should seek medical attention immediately as a concussion patient’s condition can deteriorate very quickly, even if they appear to be uninjured. Delays in treating head and brain injuries can be catastrophic.
- Loss of consciousness or falling in and out of consciousness.
- Loss of memory.
- Problems with eye sight and vision.
- Problems with balance or dizziness.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Problems with speech.
- Concentration problems.
Concussion may also accompany a fractured skull, so it is vital that you seek medical attention quickly to determine the extent of damage to your head.
Recovery from a mild concussion is usually fairly quick. However, some people continue to experience symptoms some months after their initial accident. This may be post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome accounts for a high proportion of brain injuries.
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder that can develop after a head injury. There are many symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome which can last from a few weeks to months, or continue longer term. The groups of symptoms are generally physical, emotional and behavioural, psychological and cognitive. Because of this, it can often be misdiagnosed.
- Difficulty looking after yourself.
- Being unable to return to work.
- Persistent headaches which do not go away.
- Dizzy spells.
- Feeling weak.
- Tinnitus (ringing in one or both of your ears).
- Feelings of sickness and nausea.
- Difficulty sleeping and fatigue.
- Problems with your memory.
- Difficulty understanding other people.
- Lack of concentration.
Long-term cognitive symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can include:
- Reduced attention span and continuing lack of concentration.
- Forgetfulness and problems with memory.
- Problems with understanding, judgement and impaired cognition.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Problems dealing with difficulties or trying to solve problems.
- Problems interacting with people socially.
- Decreased ability relating to work performance.
- Slowed processing of information and reaction to stimuli.
In some cases, people experience behavioural or emotional changes after a mild traumatic brain injury. Patients can become more moody, suspicious, argumentative or stubborn.
Commonly with concussion, no initial brain scans are done to show any potential damages and scans at a later date do not show any clear damage caused by the accident. This can lead to a misunderstanding that symptoms people are experiencing are psychological. Psychological problems, such as depression, may make symptoms worse, but are not necessarily the cause of the symptoms. It is recommended you get a referral to a neurologist or neuropsychologist, who will better understand your condition.
As a client, if our team of experts suspect that you have had concussion which might lead to more serious symptoms, they will make any necessary arrangements for you to see a neurologist or neuropsychologist as part of your support and treatment programme.
Concussions in sports have become a major issue. Due to many recent incidents in rugby and football in particular, new rules have now been introduced to help better assess and manage concussion and head injuries on the pitch.
However, concussions are also prevalent in many other sports such as hockey, American football, boxing and baseball. Contact sports carry a particular risk of head injury and concussion.
There have also been many calls for more research into head injuries in sport and better awareness, which we at CFG Law fully support.
If players are allowed to continue on the pitch or court after receiving a head injury, there is potential for a compensation claim against the club, school or referee.
If you have suffered a head injury or concussion whilst playing sport, you must seek medical advice before continuing to play. If you were allowed to continue playing without advice, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
What to do next
Due to our extensive experience in head injury claims, we understand just how debilitating a head injury can be. We also recognise the importance of early rehabilitation and support to ensure your best possible chance of recovery, as well as being successful in helping you claim compensation.
Concussions are like any other injuries. You can only make a claim if the head injury or concussion is the result of an accident that was someone else’s fault (even if you were partly to blame).
If you have suffered a head injury, concussion or post-concussion, we will advise you on whether you can make a claim for damages. We have a specialist team of brain injury solicitors who have many years’ experience in complex head injury claims.
To find out more, call 0800 612 8196 at any time or contact one of our brain injury solicitors using our online form to request a call back.
We will talk you through the process of making a head injury compensation claim and we’ll also explain how we can help in organising a tailored programme of treatment, rehabilitation and support to help you get back to a better quality of life.
All consultations are free and at CFG Law we also work on a no win no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you or your family.