Have You Suffered from a Head Injury? Don’t Do This!

Posted by: DFX on Aug 18, 2017

mri-scan-healthIf you’ve been involved in a car accident or another type of accident that has resulted in a head injury, then there are some important things you should know. Remember that the long-term symptoms and consequences aren’t always apparent right away. At Gilbert and Smallman, we recommend that you first get medical attention and then reach out to a personal injury attorney. However, there are a few things that we must urge you to never do.

Brain injuries are likely more prevalent than you think

Every year, 50,000 people die in the United States due to a brain injury. More than 220,000 people end up in the hospital for these injuries. The latest stats show that anywhere from 80,000 to 90,000 people are living with a long-term disability caused by a brain injury and more than five million are suffering from a permanent disability caused by a train injury.

Avoiding long-lasting injuries from a brain injury

The good news is that if you have a brain injury, you may be able to prevent it from turning into a long-term injury. The key is to take specific actions – and avoid others – after the accident. When someone has a head wound and it’s bleeding, no one should touch it except those who are medically trained. This means you should never wash it or apply pressure to it.

If there’s an object in the head wound, it should not be removed and the person with the head wound shouldn’t be shaken, even if they seem dazed. They should not be moved unless they are in immediate danger where they are. If the person was in a motorcycle accident or another type of accident that involved them wearing a helmet, don’t take the helmet off.

For those who seem fine at the scene, don’t drink alcohol for at least 48 hours after the injury. Don’t take any type of anti-inflammatory medication unless directed by a doctor. That includes ibuprofen and aspirin. Not following this advice could lead to fatal bleeding.

Now – you may be wonder, I see what not to do, but what do I do? That’s simple: Go to the hospital. Have a doctor look at your injury. Even if it seems minor, the seriousness can be hidden beneath the surface. Once you’ve been cleared to do so by the doctor, reach out to Gilbert and Smallman for a free consultation. We may be able to help you recover the damages you’re entitled to.