How to put someone in the recovery position after an accident
After a serious road accident there may be a number of injured people who need to be looked after until the emergency services arrive. If you are well enough to move around then you can help these people to stay alive by knowing how to put them into the recovery position, and moving amongst the crowd to help anyone that needs it. Here are some tips for putting someone in the recovery position.
- Gently shake the victim and call their name if you know it. If you don’t know their name, asking if they are ok, whilst gently touching them should get a response if they are responsive. You should never shake this person too vigorously, as they may be suffering from spinal injuries.
- Check for breathing. If you cannot see or feel that they are breathing, by placing your hand in front of their mouth and nose, then they will need CPR, so do this before moving them into the recovery position.
- Put their arm at a 90 degree angle to their body, with their palm facing upwards by their head.
- Place the palm of their other hand against their chest and then roll them very gently onto their side, towards the arm which is extended.
- The knee which is now on top should be bent with their foot flat on the floor. The person’s body must remain on their side. If they have moved then try this move again.
- Put the hand which was on their chest underneath their head, between their face and the ground. This will allow any vomit or blood to drain easily away and stop it from choking the victim.
- Cover the person with a blanket, jacket or something else to keep them warm. A badly injured person will often go into shock and this can cause further problems as time goes on.
- Stay with them. If you are not able to stay with the person then get someone else to sit with them, make sure that their airway is always clear, and attract attention if something changes.
Claiming compensation for a whiplash injury in Alvechurch
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Alvechurch as a result of a road accident which was not your fault, you should be able to claim for both your injuries and any damage to your vehicle.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with experienced injury solicitors who will process your whiplash injury in Alvechurch claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, and on your behalf so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.
You can call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to someone who can help and to explain the details of your whiplash injury in Alvechurch.
Date Published: 19th April 2014
Author: David Brown