If you’ve sustained a head injury after an accident at work, in a public place or in a car crash, the type of treatment you receive can affect your prognosis. If you’re wondering how to treat head injuries, we have some helpful information. Those who have sustained minor head injuries can usually avoid further medical treatment, but if somebody you love has suffered a minor head injury such as concussion, it’s still important to ensure that they are monitored for at least 48 hours after their accident, and that they get plenty of rest.
They should avoid sedatives, alcohol and painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, although paracetamol for a headache is fine. If their symptoms worsen and they experience increasing headaches, or dizziness, they should seek immediate medical attention.
How to treat serious head injuries
If you’re wondering how to treat head injuries, remember that serious head injuries should always be checked out by a medical professional. If you’ve been injured, for example in a car accident, paramedics should always ensure that your neck and spine are stabilised before moving you. If they fail to do so and you are left paralysed as a result, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
The next step is usually a CT scan in hospital, and if you have to be kept in, you’ll be closely monitored. Any signs of swelling or bleeding may mean having an intracranial pressure monitor fitted, which measures pressure inside your skull. Serious brain injuries such as a blood clot, severe haemorrhage, a skull fracture or cerebral contusions (bruises on the brain) will require urgent treatment.
Did your treatment go as planned?
It may be that you’re planning to claim compensation from the person responsible for your accident – for example the driver of the other vehicle or your employer. Equally, if your treatment at hospital was not up to scratch, you could find yourself eligible to make a personal injury claim against the hospital where you were treated. Head injuries are complex and it’s important that we’re aware of how to treat head injuries at every stage of the process.
If something goes wrong and you are left more seriously injured as a result, or if somebody you love has been affected, you could make a personal injury claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim, or take the 30-second test on our website right now and see how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton