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10 May 2012 / personal-injury-news
As part of Action for Brain Injury Week (14th-21st May) National Accident Helpline is urging people to seek medical advice following an accident in order to rule out the possibility of a brain injury.
Each year an estimated 1 million people attend hospital A&E in the UK following a head injury, but many more head injuries go unreported and are not assessed by a medical expert, according to brain injury charity Headway.
The charity also states that there are around 500,000 people living with long-term disabilities as a result of a head injury in the UK. After a brain or head injury the side effects can be long-lasting or even permanent, and include memory loss, physical or mental disability, fatigue and brain damage.
National Accident Helpline is urging people to take care and watch out for any tell-tale signs that a brain injury has been sustained.
Beth Powell, Consumer Director at National Accident Helpline, says: “The number of people who don’t get their injuries checked out following an accident is frightening. It’s crucial that every head injury, no matter how big or small, gets looked at by a medical expert. What most people don’t realise is that brain injuries, if left untreated, can be permanent. They can have life-changing effects for the victims and their families.
“Action for Brain Injury Week is invaluable in highlighting the issues facing those who care for someone with a brain injury. At National Accident Helpline we do everything we can to help people who call us for advice after an accident, and if appropriate we can refer them on to one of our specialist injury solicitors.” National Accident Helpline is also a supporter of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity through a number of fundraising activities.
Key facts from Headway:
- Each year an estimated 1 million people attend hospital A&E in the UK following a head injury - many more head injuries go unreported and are not assessed by medical professionals.
- Of these, around 135,000 people are admitted to hospital each year as a consequence of brain injury.
- It is estimated that across the UK there are around 500,000 people (aged 16 - 74) living with long term disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injury.
- Approximately 85% of traumatic brain injuries are classified as minor, 10% as moderate and 5% as severe.
- Men are two to three times more likely to have a traumatic brain injury than women. This increases to five times more likely in the 15-29 age range.
Contact www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk if you have suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault, or for more information on Action for Brain Injury Week visit www.headway.org.uk.
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