Seeking injury lawyers in St. Ouen’s Bay won’t be the first thing that you do when you encounter an accident. However, if you are first on the scene after an accident, then it is imperative that you are able to do a fast and efficient assessment of any injured person’s injuries, so that you know what needs to be treated. Head injuries, breathing and heart problems need to be treated first, so that the person does not die, but you need to identify these first.
Other injuries could become more dangerous if left for too long, so you need to know how to identify and treat these as well. Here are the things you should be looking for as you do a head to toe assessment of the injured party.
- Check breathing and circulation. This means checking to see if the person is breathing properly, and if they have a pulse. In the case of no pulse or breathing then you should perform CPR as well as getting the emergency services to the scene as quickly as possible.
- Look at the head for any obvious damage, bleeding or lumps. The head should be at a normal angle, otherwise this could indicate a broken neck or damaged spine.
- Check the pupils for dilation and the eyes to see if they are bloodshot. Dilated pupils can indicate brain damage and this will require immediate medical assistance.
- Speak to the victim. Ask them if they are ok, what their name is and so on. Keep it simple, but ask questions which they will need to think of responses to, as this will indicate whether they are lucid.
- Check the neck for bulging or any deformity. Be very gentle and don’t try to move the patient at all, as if the neck or spine is damaged you could cause permanent damage by moving them.
- Check the rib cage and stomach for any bulging, dips or disfigurement. Broken ribs can cause punctured lungs and be quite dangerous, and deformity in the stomach can indicate internal bleeding.
- Look at legs, feet and arms for deformity, cuts and contusions. You can also check for a pulse at the bottom of the feet and at the base of the wrist.
If you are injured and need injury lawyers in St. Ouen’s Bay
If you have had an accident in which you were badly injured, and the accident was the fault of someone else, then you may want to contact injury lawyers in St. Ouen’s Bay and see if you can make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline offer great support and help when it comes to making compensation claims, and the helpline works with dedicated injury lawyers in St. Ouen’s Bay who work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you don’t even stand to lose anything.
Call the helpline now on 0800 689 0500 from a land line or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our injury lawyers in St. Ouen’s Bay will talk you through your accident and let you know how best to proceed. Call now!
Date Published: 10th November 2013
Author: David Brown