A head injury caused by playing sports, a road traffic accident or a blow to the head could result in a skull fracture. Skull fractures are serious as they can cause brain injury if there is bleeding inside the skull. If you think somebody has a skull fracture, they may also have a spinal injury. Look out for signs of head injury such as a bruise or wound on their head. Their scalp may have a depression or soft/boggy area and bruising may be visible around one or both eyes or behind one ear.
Other signs of serious head injury include:
- Watery blood/clear fluid from the nose or ear
- Loss of consciousness
- Lack of symmetry of head/face
- Unequal sized pupils
- Blood in whites of eyes
When treating a skull fracture you should help the casualty to lie down, but don’t turn their head as they may have a neck injury. Bleeding from the scalp should be controlled by applying pressure to the wound – look for and treat any other injuries and dial 999.
When treating a skull fracture, vital signs should always be recorded and monitored – breathing, pulse and level of response. If the casualty is unconscious, you’ll need to open their airway, and if they’re not breathing, you may need to give CPR.
Has something gone wrong with your first aid?
Well-meaning bystanders may attempt to give somebody who has collapsed or suffered an injury first aid, but what if they do more harm than good, leaving you injured? If you have suffered a skull fracture and spinal injury and somebody tries to move you, this could have serious consequences and could even leave you paralysed. You might be able to claim compensation, so contact a personal injury lawyer to explore your options.Open Claim Calculator
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