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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    First Aid Guide – Treating a skull fracture


    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.

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    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping members of the public claim compensation for their injuries since 2000, and we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. If you’ve been injured after first aid went wrong, call us today to see how we can help you. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and all our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront fees to pay. No matter how you have been injured, we can help and we’ll usually be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim. So call our freephone helpline today.

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