Head Injury Legal Language - Glasgow Coma Scale


Gordon: Hi I'm Gordon Cartwright, I'm a partner in JMW's Personal Injury Department. When you or a loved one has suffered a head injury as a result of an accident, dealing with the consequences can be very difficult. This is part of a series of short videos that sheds light on some of the terms you may encounter when dealing with a head injury. Today I'm going to talk about the Glasgow Coma Scale.

The Glasgow Coma Scale, or GCS is what medical professionals use to assess the severity of a head injury. It is split into three elements;

  • Physical Responses
  • Verbal Responses and;
  • How easily a patient can open their eyes

A person with a head injury is scored on each of these three elements, with 15 indicating the least severe head injury and 3 indicating the most severe head injury. A score of 13 or more is classed as a minor head injury, a score between 9 and 12 is classed as a moderate head injury with a score of 8 or less being classed as a severe head injury. Remember the responses to the GCS can change regularly and it is a postivie sign if someone's GCS score keeps climbing.

Once a person with a head injury has received immediate treatment and is stable, consideration should then be given to making a personal injury claim. If you are interested in making a personal injury claim as a result of a head injury you or a loved one have sustained, my colleagues and I can help you, give us a call on 0800 054 6078 and we'lll get the process started for you. Thanks for watching

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