It is estimated that someone with a traumatic brain injury is admitted to hospital every 90 seconds in the UK. With over 900,000 people already living with a brain injury, these figures are set to keep increasing.

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head. Such injuries typically result after a serious accident, such as a road traffic accident, a slip or fall either at work or at home or an impact to the head from a blunt object.

There are several signs and symptoms to look out for which indicate that someone is suffering from a traumatic brain injury following an accident. These include; loss of consciousness, fits or seizures, slurred speech or difficulty staying awake, loss of hearing or seeing double, vomiting, blood or a clear substance coming from the ears or nose and memory loss. If you notice someone showing any of these symptoms following a head injury make sure they visit their local hospital immediately.

There were a total of 213,755 people admitted to hospital in 2011-12 with a head injury. Around 125,000 of these head injuries were diagnosed as a traumatic brain injury. More worryingly, there has been an increase of 33.5% of people being admitted to hospital for a head injury over the last 10 years

The effects on family and friends after a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury can be extremely difficult and emotional. Quite often, people who have suffered such brain injuries show altered behaviours after the accident. These can include symptoms of depression and anxiety, a decreased sense of motivation and anger problems. Cognitive effects can also cause a huge problem with the injured person having difficulties with memory and levels of concentration and attention, as well as difficulty in stressful situations. Physically they may have reduced sense of co-ordination, difficulty with speech, loss of senses (such as smell, taste or sight) and increased drowsiness. All these things can put a huge strain on the accident victims and their loved ones.

There are several things that can help reduce the risk of someone sustaining a traumatic head injury in a serious accident. These can include:
• Wearing an appropriate helmet when cycling or participating in other dangerous activities.
• Making your workplace or home safer by identifying tripping hazards, or other things that could result in a fall.
• Always ensuring your home is safe for children.
• When at work, participating in sports or undertaking DIY, always make sure you use the correct safety equipment.
• Do not take unnecessary risks.

Taking simple precautions can safe guard you and your loved ones to a certain extent from the risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury, however, these accidents can still happen, and the resulting injuries can have severe consequences.

Freeclaim Solicitors have a dedicated team of specialist serious injury solicitors. With many years’ experience dealing with catastrophic brain injuries, we know how difficult it can be coping with the after effects of these injuries. Our experience and reputation is demonstrated by the memberships we hold, including membership of the Headway Panel (a directory of brain injury solicitors experienced in handling brain injury claims), membership of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel,  plus we are recommended by the Legal 500.

We work alongside a network of medical experts and rehabilitation specialists, who can help you get your life back on track following a serious brain injury. The sooner you speak to us, the sooner we can start helping you with all your immediate needs and get your brain injury compensation claim underway.

Call free on 0800 612 7340 (open 24 hours). All enquiries are completely confidential, and because of our expertise in this area, you can be assured of sound legal advice, as well as a compassionate and understanding approach.