This week is Action for Brain Injury Week which is a week–long awareness event organised by the brain injury charity, Headway. Here our Personal Injury team look at the different types of Brain Injury that can occur, the symptoms and signs to look out for.
What are the different types of Brain Injuries?
There are many different types of brain injuries. One of the most common is a traumatic brain injury, which is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head. These frequently occur as a result of high velocity car accidents and accidents at work. In many cases a brain injury leads to some loss of consciousness. The level of consciousness is measured by the Glasgow Coma Scale. The longer the period of unconsciousness, the more serious the long-term effects are likely to be.
What are the symptoms and signs of Brain Injuries?
It is not always immediately obvious that a brain injury has been sustained and it can often be missed in the immediate aftermath of an accident. The symptoms of a brain injury can be wide ranging but examples are:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory problems
- Fits or seizures
- Difficulty speaking or staying awake
- Balance problems
- Blood or clear fluid from ears or nose
What are the effects of a Brain Injury?
The effects of a brain injury can be wide ranging and vary from person to person depending on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain that suffered trauma. However, early diagnosis and treatment is often only the first part of the journey. Rehabilitation can be a long and tiresome journey. Managing fatigue is an important part of rehabilitation.
The devastating effect a brain injury has, not only the injured person, but on their family and loved ones should not be underestimated. Someone who has sustained a brain injury will almost always require significant assistance at home with their personal care and domestic chores. Much of this assistance is often provided by family members in the immediate aftermath of an accident. As part of the injured person's claim, a sum can be recoverable for the help and assistance required by the injured party from their family members following the accident.
How can Harper Macleod help?
Our Personal Injury team at Harper Macleod have acted for many clients and their families who have sustained brain injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and due to medical negligence. The effects of a brain injury can be varied, wide ranging and serious. It is important that traumatic brain injuries are recognised at an early stage so that the appropriate rehabilitation treatment can be obtained to assist with recovery.
If you suspect that you have suffered a brain injury please seek medical attention urgently.
Please contact us for advice on making a claim if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain injury as a result of an accident and we will be happy to assist.