Concussion is considered a minor brain injury, but it can have side effects which may mean you are unable to work for a while, and even if you are able to work you may still suffer various symptoms which affect you physically and mentally.
What is concussion?
Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from a blow, bump or jolt to the head. Sudden forces or impacts on the body and head may cause the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull. This can lead to damage of the delicate brain tissue and cells.
While medics may class concussion brain injuries as mild (i.e not life threatening) the symptoms can be serious for the sufferer.
In many cases the signs of concussion will be apparent immediately following a blow to the head, but sometimes the victim may not feel any difference for a few days. Not all concussion sufferers will lose consciousness at the time of impact, so it is important to stay aware of any of the following symptoms, whether they occur immediately or in the hours and days following an incident:
- headache – especially if it can't be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers
- dizzy spells
- nausea and/or vomiting
- confusion or feeling dazed or stunned
- loss of memory
- balance issues or if you are more clumsy than usual
- mood swings or unusual behaviour
- blurred vision, double vision or "seeing stars"
- loss of consciousness or struggling to stay awake
Treatment for concussion
If any of the above symptoms are, or become severe, following a blow to the head or bodily impact, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Medics will attempt to rule out a serious brain injury and if you are diagnosed with concussion, you will almost certainly be sent home to recover.
You may still have problems in a number of areas such as:
- sleep disturbance
The various symptoms associated with concussion injury can make it difficult to work or carry out routine daily tasks. And concussion may cause significant pain and suffering.
If you have suffered concussion in a road traffic accident, a work accident or as a result of another person's negligence then you may be able to make a claim for brain injury compensation.
Concussion brain injury compensation claims with Thompsons
At Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland we understand that even "minor injuries" such as concussion can have a major impact on your life. We provide a specialist head and brain injury compensation service that can help and support you following a non-fault accident.
To find out more about the expert service that makes us one of Scotland's leading personal injury firms, call us today on 0800 0891 331 so that we can discuss your concussion injury and discuss your options for making a compensation claim.