People who have suffered severe traumatic brain injuries may well require full time nursing care, but the vast majority of people attending hospital with a head injury will have suffered a fall or collision and no apparent long term effects. Many more seek no medical advice at all.
“Subtle” brain and head injuries
In many cases the after effects will amount to nothing more than a short term headache, but in others there may be a brain injury which goes undetected. Often referred to as a ‘subtle brain injury’, its effects can nevertheless have life-changing consequences.
People with a subtle brain injury may not exhibit obvious outward signs of disability but they may well experience difficulty in the work place, struggle to concentrate, suffer fatigue or lack their previous drive and motivation. They could have difficulty relating to others and become moody and withdrawn. Some may exhibit the opposite behaviour and become disinhibited and extrovert. There may be memory problems or headaches.
Often these symptoms are not recognised as being attributable to brain injury and not fully investigated. If the victim of an accident has suffered other serious injuries, then the medical response team are likely to focus on those and could easily overlook any mild head injury.
Seeking help following a brain injury
It’s important to recognise the symptoms of a head injury as early as possible and seek the appropriate support and rehabilitation to help limit the damage and make adjustments.
If there is a potential brain injury claim, it will take a specialist brain injury lawyer and their support team of neurological and expert advisers to identify the full extent and implications of the injury.
Find out more about getting the right legal advice following a brain injury here.
If you believe you have suffered a brain injury call us in confidence on 0800 612 9660 or email [email protected] and we’ll do our best to signpost appropriate support and options available to you.