What is concussion?
Concussion is temporary decline in mental function which happens after you suffer a head injury, such as an unexpected and abrupt blow to the head. Concussion is unfortunately very common in contact sports such as rugby and boxing. Despite it being the least serious form of brain injury, it is the most common and can sometimes lead to further complications.
What are the different types of concussion?
When a person is diagnosed with concussion, it is classified as grade 1 (mild), grade 2 (moderate) or grade 3 (severe). The level at which your concussion is graded depends on factors such as loss of consciousness, loss of memory and loss of balance. Grade 1 concussion is very short-lived, there is no loss of consciousness and symptoms last no longer than 30 minutes.
What are the symptoms of concussion?
Depending on the cause of the concussion and the severity of your injury, symptoms of concussion can vary, sometimes they are apparent straight away, whereas in some situations they can take hours or even days to appear. Symptoms of concussion can include, but are not limited to:
- A brief loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory and confusion
- Feeling dizzy and weak
- Feeling extra-sensitive to light and/or noise
- Blurred vision or ‘seeing stars’
- Feeling unbalanced
Depending on the circumstances in which you acquired a mild head injury and the severity of your concussion diagnosis, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Aside from the medical assistance you receive immediately after your head trauma, if you make the decision to proceed with making a claim, your personal injury solicitor will also organise a separate medical exam. This will establish the magnitude of your injury and also determine that the concussion was directly caused by the accident.
Head injuries, no matter the severity, are taken very seriously from a legal perspective and if you have been diagnosed with concussion following an accident which wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. If you would like to speak to one of our legal experts about a compensation claim contact our solicitors today on 0203 816 0065 for some free initial advice or fill out our online enquiry form.