If you have been the unfortunate victim of an accident that resulted in injuries being sustained through no fault of your own, then you will have sought medical attention as soon as possible from a medical practitioner. Many people are unaware of how important it is to ensure that treating a neck injury incorrectly can cause more trauma than if the patient was left alone.
Read on for further information from the leading law firm, Accident Advice Helpline.
Treating a neck injury: Knowing what to do
Imagine coming across a motorcyclist lying in the road in a tangled heap of damaged metal having been hit by a motorist through no fault of his own. The motorcyclist may be clearly injured, unconscious and appear to be fitting.
Some people may immediately remove the motorcyclist’s helmet and try to rouse him to discover afterwards, that in doing this simple act, they have unknowingly caused a more serious trauma to the spinal cord and lower back. This may result in permanent disability through paralysis.
Treating a neck injury correctly is vitally important to ensure that the patient doesn’t suffer more serious injuries through ignorance. It is crucial that the helmet is not removed unless the motorcyclist is at imminent risk of a more serious condition which is life threatening. If the helmet needs to be removed and it is an open helmet, then the following steps should be taken:
- Remove any sunglasses or glasses before attempting to take off a helmet
- Unfasten or if needed cut through the strap at the clip under the chin
- If possible, request that another person holds the head and neck carefully while you lift it off carefully.
Obviously, most neck injuries caused through other types of accidents are not as serious or life threatening as this, but they still require medical attention to rule out more serious problems. They may involve soft tissue damage, muscular trauma or sprain of the ligaments in the neck.
Treating a soft tissue neck injury such as this can involve applying ice to the affected area as a compress, doing a range of simple exercises to keep the neck moving and painkillers to aid sleep and relaxation.
Accident Advice Helpline: Compensation that you deserve
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have in excess of 15 years’ experience of advising victims of non-fault accidents to claim their legal right to personal injury compensation. Unfortunately, many people who become injured through no fault of their own fail to realise that they can in fact, claim compensation for their injuries on a no win no fee basis.
To establish if you are legally entitled to make a claim is a straightforward process with Accident Advice Helpline. Call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659.