As with all types of injury following a car accident, a car accident head injury should be dealt with in a prescribed way to give the injured person the best possible chance of making a complete recovery. In fact, it is claimed that learning to recognize a serious head injury and give basic first aid can save someone’s life and someone else’s knowledge could save yours if you have been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault!
This all happens before you get around to calling Accident Advice Helpline to start your personal injury claim. Once the medical attention has been sorted out you can get your personal injury claim underway. Give us a call and we will lead you through the legal process and give you all the help and support you need.
What to do immediately after a car accident head injury
There are certain signs that a car accident head injury could be serious. You should always seek medical attention right away if the injured person:
- Starts to feel very sleepy
- Starts to behave in an abnormal way
- Complains of a severe headache or stiff neck
- Has pupils (the dark central part of the eye) of unequal sizes
- Is clearly unable to move an arm or leg or says that they cannot
- Is unconscious, even for a short time
- Vomits more than once
There are things that you can do to help whilst you are waiting for the medical attention to arrive if the car accident head injury is moderate to severe. Make sure that you are not putting yourself in danger – get someone else to direct traffic away from the accident scene.
- Always check the injured person’s airway, breathing, and circulation. This is the ABC of first aid.
- You should always assume that the head injury is accompanied by a spinal injury until this is proved not to be the case. Therefore you should stabilize the head and neck by placing your hands on both sides of the person’s head. It is important to keep the head in line with the spine and prevent movement until the paramedics arrive.
- The car accident head injury may be bleeding. You can help this by pressing a clean cloth firmly against the wound. Do not remove the cloth if the blood soaks through – simply place another cloth over the first one.
- If a skull fracture is suspected you should not apply direct pressure to the bleeding site and you should never attempt to remove any windscreen glass or other objects from the wound.
- If the person is vomiting you may need to stop them choking – roll their head, neck, and body as one unit onto their side.
Call us now if you’ve been injured in a non-fault accident in the last three years; 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 11th June 2014
Author: Sharon Parry