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Mind Your Head: don’t ignore the effects of a minor brain injury

Solicitors in London

News article published on: 18th June 2014

As it starts to get colder this winter, employers need to heed the very useful guidance provided by the Health & Safety Executive.

About a quarter of all workplace trips and slips occur in December and January, chiefly due to icy conditions and failures with cleaning and maintenance. Whilst most result in a bruise and a temporary loss of dignity, it is not uncommon to fracture a wrist or crack a rib.

More seriously though is the danger of sustaining a minor head injury, also referred to as a brain injury, concussion or post-concussion syndrome. There has been some recent debate in the media about concussion injuries caused by sporting pursuits, but the same advice should be followed after any head injury, including in the workplace. Pressing on regardless could have devastating effects!

Headway (the brain injury association) provide helpful guidance on when a visit to A&E might be warranted following a minor head injury. In particular, they recommend keeping an eye out for the following symptoms as a good starting point:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Bleeding from one or both ears
  • Severe headache which does not resolve with painkilling medication
  • Vomiting, new deafness in one or both ears, or loss of balance
  • Unexpected drowsiness

It is not uncommon that symptoms following a minor brain injury are less obvious. Days or weeks after a head injury, effects such as memory problems, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, irritability, sleeping problems, sensitivity to light or noise, and concentration issues might all indicate the presence of a post-concussion syndrome or the development of longer-term cognitive impairment.

To find out whether a claim can be pursued following a brain injury you can contact us by calling us or by filling in our online enquiry form.

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