700,000 people are admitted to Accident and Emergency each year suffering from a head injury according to recent figures published by the NHS.
Around 10% of these cases are classed as moderate or severe.
In less severe cases, the NHS states that around 97% of patients are discharged from hospital after a 48 hour period of close observation – this can lead many people to falsely believe that they do not have a basis for a claim.
Learning to Spot the Signs
Head injuries can lead to complications beyond the physical. Common symptoms to look out for include:
- Seizure – characterised as the body moving uncontrollably
- Tiredness – difficulty in staying awake, often accompanied by slurred speech
- Concussion – even a short term loss of memory or consciousness may be significant
- Double Vision/Blurred Vision – and other problems with the senses, such as hearing impairment
Noticeable emotional and behavioural side effects affecting a person’s regular conduct may also be signs that injuries are more than physical. Infection too can become a real danger following a skull fracture.
If you think you, or someone you know, has been affected by a head injury and would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email