Back injuries can be minor and require basic care but they can be more serious if the spine or neck is affected. The first thing to remember when treating a back injury is that the spine could be affected so it is important that you do not move them. This could cause complications including permanent paralysis. If the person has a head injury, particularly on the back of the head, or they are complaining that have pain in the neck or back, assume it is a spinal injury. Also, if they are numb, weak or cannot move, this could be a spinal injury.
Call for medical assistance immediately and keep the person from trying to move. Do this by placing towels on both sides of the neck or use your hands to keep the neck still. If the person is unconscious, is not breathing normally or their pulse cannot be felt, you may have to perform CPR. However, you must do this without moving their head and neck so avoid tilting the head back for rescue breaths, merely pull the jaw forward instead. Do not remove any head gear such as a helmet and begin chest compressions as soon as possible if they show no signs of a pulse. Ask for someone’s help to roll the patient onto one side if they are choking on any fluids. Ensure that you keep the neck and head from moving as much as possible.
Accidents involving back injuries
Back injuries can be the result of manual handling which is not performed properly, strain from sitting improperly at a desk at work or they may occur due to a slip, trip or fall. They may also occur if the person has been in a road accident or collision. If your workplace first aider finds themselves treating back injuries regularly, there may be a health and safety issue. If the person has fallen or slipped, it may not have been their fault.
Should you have an accident or sustain an injury that is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. This could have happened in a public building, outside or it may have happened at work. If there is evidence that someone was negligent or careless with your safety, you may be able to win a cash sum for your suffering. Call Accident Advice Helpline to get assistance with your claim. We are a law firm which specialises in helping victims of negligence to get the compensation they deserve for accidents that could have been prevented.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown