How to deal with potential spinal injuries, and make East Lothian car accident claims after road accidents
Spinal injuries are very serious, and can lead to permanent paralysis or even death if not dealt with quickly and correctly. If you think that you or another person has a potential spinal injury, the way that you deal with this could save yours or their lives, and help with the recovery process as well.
A road accident is a common cause of spinal injuries, as the impact can cause the spine to be moved or twisted unnaturally. You may also sustain spinal injuries from a fall, and this is a common way for people to be injured in this way. Here are some of the things that you can do is you suspect a spinal injury.
- Do not move this person. The most important thing that you need to remember is not to move the person that has sustained the injury until they can be seen by a medical professional. If you move someone with a spinal injury then you can make the injury worse, or even cause paralysis or death.
- Call the emergency services. You need to get a doctor to come to the scene as soon as possible to assess whether or not this person actually does have a spinal injury and to work out how best to treat them without causing any further damage. The sooner this can be done the better.
- Place towels either side of their head. You can stop the head moving on its own, or the person from moving their head, if you place heavy towels on either side of their head to stabilise them until the emergency services get there. Use towels or clothing so that it is more comfortable for them, and safer.
- Don’t remove any helmets. If the person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, for example, you should not remove this as you may pull at the spinal column. Instead just leave it on until paramedics get there.
Make your accident claim
You should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile if you want to talk to the team about East Lothian car accident claims and making a claim of your own. The team can talk you through the claims process, to help you to decide whether or not you have a good enough case to make East Lothian car accident claims of your own.
If you do then the team will pass you over to an in house injury lawyer, who can work on your claim on your behalf, gathering evidence with your help to make a strong case for a successful claim. You shouldn’t even have to go to court, leaving you to focus on your recovery.
Date Published: 21st December 2014
Author: David Brown