Trauma and the brain
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that has been caused by trauma. This could have happened in a number of ways, such as a road accident, an accident at work, an assault, a sports injury or a fall. What trauma does to the brain will vary, depending both on the severity of the injury and also the individual person involved:
Mild brain trauma may result in some issues such as short-term memory loss, headaches, dizziness and nausea. These symptoms will usually fade as you recover, but everyone is different and may react to this type of injury in different ways.
Moderate brain trauma may result in the above symptoms for a longer period of time, as well as having difficulty with thinking, maintaining attention, planning, concentrating and feeling noticeably irritable. These ways in which trauma affects the brain can be compounded by the worry and anxiety that the injured person feels because of their symptoms. The symptoms can last for a while, although they usually gradually improve over time. This can take anything from a few weeks to several months.
Severe brain trauma is likely to mean that the injured person spends a period of time in a coma and will require a period of hospitalisation, followed by rehabilitation once the extent of the injury is understood and the acute phase has passed. These types of injuries can include brain swelling after head trauma, bleeding on the brain from head trauma, longer-term memory issues, mood swings, confusion, convulsions, seizures, epilepsy and significant physical issues, such as weakness, paralysis, impairment of the senses, speech difficulties and mobility problems.
Brain trauma symptoms
There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate you have experienced a brain injury caused by trauma. These physical, cognitive and sensory symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- A loss of consciousness – anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, or a comatose state
- A headache that keeps getting worse or persists over a long period of time
- Nausea or vomiting repeatedly
- Seizures or convulsions
- Dilated pupils
- Fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Blurred vision
If you have suffered an injury caused by brain trauma, contact us to discuss whether you could be eligible for compensation. Our expert serious injury solicitors can offer all the advice and support you need as you start to recover from your brain trauma injury and claim the compensation that you deserve. Call us on 0203 816 0065.
Claiming compensation for a brain trauma injury
In order to be eligible to claim compensation for the brain trauma and resulting injury that you suffered, you will need to have been injured in the past 2.5 years and your injury will need to meet specific criteria.
At Stephensons, our serious injury solicitors have years of experience in helping those who have suffered brain trauma to claim the compensation that can help them to maintain quality of life in the coming months and years. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to claim interim payments whilst the case is ongoing, which will mean that you receive a portion of compensation early, to pay for essential care and costs as you start your recovery. Call us today to find out more, on 0203 816 0065.