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Concussion injury compensation - what is a concussion? Signs & symptoms
Experiencing minor and mild head injuries – such as concussion, a very common head injury - can be a very painful and often traumatic experience. Concussion and other minor head injuries can be caused in a number of situations, such as playing contact sports and should not be ignored as a ‘bump on the head’.
Concussion is a mild brain injury and should not be disregarded, in case there are further consequences following your injury. If you would like more information or wish to speak to one of our legal experts about a compensation claim contact our solicitors today on 01616 966 229 or fill out our online enquiry form.
What is the process of making a concussion injury claim with Stephensons?
Stephensons will initially take full details of your accident and injury and then submit your claim to the other side. If the other side accepts responsibility for the accident, Stephensons will proceed to obtain medical evidence, along with evidence in support of your financial losses, with a view to valuing your claim and attempting to reach settlement.
If liability for the accident is disputed, Stephensons will investigate the reasons for this and, if we are satisfied that the denial of liability can be overcome, we will proceed to gather all of the evidence required to proceed to a court hearing, if settlement cannot be reached. However, it is often still possible to reach settlement even when liability for the accident is denied. Stephensons are not afraid to tackle these difficult cases.
If you have been diagnosed with concussion and would like expert legal advice about making a concussion injury compensation claim, please contact Stephensons today on 01616 966 229 or fill out our online enquiry form and one of our specialist concussion injury lawyers will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
What is a 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, concussion is the most common and can sometimes lead to further complications. It’s important that those with suspected concussion are properly assessed by health professionals to ensure that the correct treatment is given, if required.
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 or signs of concussion can vary, sometimes they are apparent straight away, whereas in some situations they can take hours or even days to appear. Concussion 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
Concussion symptoms in children
It can sometimes be more difficult to assess signs of concussion in children or babies, as they are not always able to verbalise how they feel. Watch out for signs such as:
- Crying more than usual
- Changes to their sleeping or feeding habits
- A loss of interest in things that usually interest them e.g. people or objects
What to do for a concussion
If there was a brief loss of consciousness, a headache that doesn’t go away, repeated vomiting, memory problems, behavioural changes (such as feeling irritable) or existing medical conditions, it’s important to be checked out by a health professional to assess the severity of the potential concussion.
If you are unsure whether you need medical help for concussion, you can ring NHS 111 for advice.
Any serious concussion symptoms, such as not recovering consciousness, problems staying awake, weakness or numbness in any area of the body, problems with speaking, balance, understanding or writing, affected vision, bleeding from the ears, clear fluid from the ears or nose, any seizures or a visible head injury, it’s time to ring 999 for assistance.
Concussion treatment will depend on the severity and nature of the injury, and whether it has caused further brain injury. Recovery can be helped by avoiding stress and getting lots of rest, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen for a headache (not aspirin), avoiding alcohol and avoiding strenuous exercise or contact sports for at least three weeks.
If symptoms of concussion return or get worse during the recovery period, seek medical advice urgently.
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.
Concussion claim amount
The amount of money that you might receive for a successful concussion injury claim will depend on the severity of the injury and the impact that it has on your life. If there are long term effects of the head injury then your claim will be worth more than a more minor case.
As each concussion claim amount paid out is based on the specific circumstances of their case, our concussion injury lawyers will be able to give an estimate of the potential value of your claim once we understand exactly what happened then and since.
How we can help
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.
We will be with you at every stage of the concussion claim process, helping to ensure that you always know what to expect next and are up to date with the progress of your claim at all times.
Why choose our concussion injury claim solicitors?
Our team are highly experienced in concussion and head injury claims and understand exactly what is needed to build a successful claim. With specialist expertise in medical claims like this, we have access to the country’s top independent experts who can provide evidence for the claim, and we always aim to negotiate the largest possible amount of concussion compensation for our clients.
If you would like to speak to one of our legal experts about a compensation claim contact our solicitors today on 01616 966 229 or fill out our online enquiry form.
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