What to Do and What Not to Do After a Serious Head Injury

Posted by: DFX on Jul 21, 2017

mri-scan-healthIf you’ve suffered from a serious head injury, whether during a car accident or another type of accident entirely, then there are some things you definitely want to do – and some things you definitely don’t want to do. Contacting a Florida personal injury attorney is on the list of things you definitely should do. Read on to learn more.  

Don’t touch a wound that’s bleeding or deep

If you or someone you’re with suffers from a head injury and there is a lot of blood, or the wound seems to be particularly deep, then no one but medical professionals should touch it. This means that no one should wash it and no one should apply pressure to it. If there’s something physically stuck in the head, such as an object, it should never be removed except by medical professionals.

If a person is dazed don’t shake them

When a person suffers from a head wound, it’s likely that they will seem dazed or out of it. On TV and in movies, you may have seen people shake others to “snap them out of it.” This is the opposite of what you want to do in real life. In fact, the person should not be moved at all. If they’re still on the ground, encourage them to stay there until medical professionals are on the scene. If they are wearing a helmet, keep the helmet on.

Be careful even if you think you’re okay

It’s unfortunately common that someone will get into an accident, hit their head, and assume that they’re okay. They often think that if they can walk away with nothing more than a little bump, then they’re fine. The reality is that some head ones don’t hurt and don’t have dramatic signs that you might expect.

For this reason, skip alcohol for at least 48 hours after an accident. Don’t take any type of anti-inflammatory medication unless a doctor tells you to. This includes drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. If you do have an internal head would and you take these drugs, you could be increasing your chance of bleeding.

The bottom line is that any head wound can be serious and should be looked at by a professional. Once you know you’re safe, then it’s time to reach out to a personal injury attorney who can help you find the best way to move forward from your injury.