A head injury is one of the most serious types of injury you can sustain from an accident. Head injuries can affect the brain, which is the area of the body that keeps everything working the way it should be. Leaving a head injury unchecked can lead to brain damage and even death, so it is important to know when you are dealing with a head injury and what you should do.
How to identify a head injury
Obviously, if the accident has involved any trauma to the head whatsoever, you should get in contact with the emergency services as soon as possible, but there are other symptoms you should be looking out for if you are not sure whether there has been any trauma to the head.
Know what types of head injuries there are
A blow to the head can result in a range of head injuries, some more serious than others. Find out what these are and read up about how they can affect the body:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Skull fracture; and
- Cerebral compression.
Check for visible injuries
You should be on the lookout for any type of injury to the head which is visible. Any of these signs indicate that there has been a blow to the head, and that the victim should be treated as though they have sustained a head injury:
- Bleeding from the head, ears or nose;
- Cuts and wounds; and
- Dents or swelling.
Know the symptoms you should be looking for
These symptoms can indicate one or a number of the types of head injury listed above, and should be mentioned when the paramedics arrive:
- Confusion and disorientation;
- Dizziness or headache;
- Lack of coordination;
- Unequal pupils, or pupils slow to react;
- Personality changes; and
- Paralysis or weakness.
Know the correct first aid for head injuries
- Try to keep the victim conscious by talking to them and asking questions;
- Keep the victim calm by talking to them and remaining calm yourself;
- Open the airways if necessary; and
- Support the head and neck, but do not move the victim if you are afraid that there has been neck or spinal injury.
How to find injury lawyers in Struan
If the accident which led to your head injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be able to claim compensation through injury lawyers in Struan. This can help to pay for further treatment and help around the house whilst you are recovering. It can also be used to pay for lost wages as a result of missing work.
If you want to claim compensation, then it is best to find injury lawyers in Struan who will be able to help you to make a successful claim. If you need access to dedicated injury lawyers in Struan talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline who will be able to process your claim on your behalf to make the process less stressful. You can call the helpline 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 15th November 2013
Author: David Brown