In many cases, it’s impossible to avoid accidents at work and home; however, some head injuries are preventable and following some simple health and safety steps can drastically reduce the risk of injury.
Avoiding head injuries at home
Head injuries are most common among young children in the home, but there are easy ways of making your house safer. Injuries are particularly commonplace among toddlers and babies who have recently started crawling and walking and they range from minor knocks to serious blows, which can cause lasting damage. Examples of accidents at home, which may cause head injuries include:
- falling down the stairs
- banging the head on furniture
- slips and trips
Covering sharp corners, removing obstacles from doorways and stairwells and fitting stair gates can help to protect children at home. If you’re venturing out into the garden on a sunny day, make sure children wear helmets when riding a bike and ensure that patio flooring and decking are in good condition.
What to do if you or somebody else suffers a head injury
If you slip or trip at home, you fall at work or you see somebody fall or collapse, it’s always advisable to seek medical treatment so that any injuries can be assessed. With head injuries, the effects can be delayed and they may become apparent for some time after the initial incident. In the event that somebody is injured in a serious work accident or a fall in the home, call 999 and wait for the emergency services to arrive; check the pulse and listen to the operator’s advice. If there is a risk of spinal injury, try to ensure that the person stays as still as possible; keep them warm and reassure them. Signs of a head injury include bleeding and swelling, confusion, loss of consciousness, memory loss and headaches.
Personal injury compensation
If you suffer a head injury at work or you slip in a public place and injure yourself, you may be eligible for work accident compensation or public liability compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit the website to find out more about personal injury claims and see if you could claim compensation. In order to qualify for work injury compensation the incident must have happened within the last 3 years and you must have evidence, which shows that you were not to blame for your injuries.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice