One of the most common injuries caused by road traffic accidents are injuries to the head and face. It is estimated that approximately 1.4 million people attend A&E each year in the UK with a head injury.
Head injuries are caused by a direct blow to the head, causing bruising of the brain and damage to internal tissue and blood vessels. This is common in road traffic accidents as the impact of the accident can cause a sudden movement or ‘jolt’ to the head, causing a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
There are various types of head injuries caused by road traffic accidents. These vary in severity, from minor injuries such as a bump or small cut to the head, to serious brain injuries resulting in permanent disability or even death. Head injuries can cause a wide range of physical symptoms, as well as sensory issues, and cognitive symptoms.
Severe head injuries require immediate medical attention as there is a risk of brain damage, which can be caused by bleeding, blood clots or a build-up of fluid, or due to impaired consciousness. Even with mild head injuries, there is a risk of developing complications and therefore medical treatment should be sought straight away following an accident.
Obvious signs of a head injury can appear immediately after the accident, while others may take a few days to appear.
Facial injuries are also common in road traffic accidents, as they can be caused by debris, shattered glass, being ejected from a vehicle in an accident or even due to the impact of the air bag in the vehicle.
The most common facial injuries caused by accidents include: -
- Lacerations to the face causing scarring
- Bone fractures
- Burn injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Facial deformities
- Injuries to the eye
Treatment for facial injuries can involve extensive surgery and a lengthy recovery period. Symptoms can range from pain, swelling and bruising to scarring and permanent disfigurement.
If you have suffered a head or facial injury as a result of a road traffic accident, you may be able to claim compensation. Levels of compensation for head injuries vary according to the severity of the injury, and the affect it has on your life. There are rehabilitation services available for head and facial injuries. We can assist you in getting the help you need to assist with the long-term impact of your injury.
It is important to note that you have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim for personal injury. It is therefore important that you seek help from solicitors as soon as possible to avoid any issues with time limits on your claim.
How we can help
If you think you may have a claim following a head or facial injury as a result of a road traffic accident, please contact us to discuss the matter on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.