Head trauma can happen at any time; we just hope that we will be able to handle it when it does. Unfortunately, many don’t and they do not tend to the wound, and the situation, in the manner that would have benefited the victim the most. Whether it is a minor bump, or a catastrophic injury, knowing the proper steps to take in case of an emergency could save a life.
Minor head injuries may be cared for at home, but if is not always possible for an unlicensed professional to differentiate between minor and major. If you witness a serious head injury, make sure to contact a medical care provider immediately.
Head Injury Treatment
Determine whether the type of head injury is open or closed
- A closed injury is when the head has experienced trauma, but it is internal and not outwardly apparent. If you are dealing with an open injury call 911 immediately. This does not mean that a closed injury is not life-threatening, only that further inquiry is needed to determine the seriousness of a closed injury.
Talk to the person and check for irregular breathing.
- Because a person with a head injury can lose consciousness, obtain information regarding how the accident happened, their identity, emergency contacts, allergies, medical problems and medications taken, as they talk listen to their breathing. One of the most common signs of brain damage is irregular breathing.
Keep the person as still as possible.
- Conduct a rapid body survey and locate other significant injuries. A serious traumatic brain injury may likely have an associated spinal injury, so you want to take precautions when dealing with the victim. If they are unconscious, treat them as if they have a severe back injury. Stabilize the head in line with the back if you can.
- If the person is vomiting or bleeding from the nose or mouth, there is a risk of choking. Try to prevent them from choking on their own fluids; when moving their head, keep their neck and body as one. Never tilt the head or move the neck alone.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, call a BISNAR | CHASE Los Angeles brain injury attorney for a free professional evaluation of your case by attorneys who have represented more than 6,000 clients since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a friendly law firm in a comfortable environment.
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