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What To Do Immediately After A Head Injury


The majority of head trauma accidents involve minor injuries that don’t require any hospitalization or special treatment. However, even a minor head injury can cause persistent headaches or difficulties in concentration that can be indicative of serious trauma. Head trauma that includes symptoms such as nausea, severe headaches, or difficulty concentrating must be immediately evaluated by a medical professional.

Symptoms of a head injury may occur immediately, or they can develop slowly after several hours or even days. It’s important to not only recognize the symptoms of a head injury, but to know what to do about it. 

If you or a loved sustained a traumatic head injury, you need to speak with an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will help you recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on moving forward with your life.

Symptoms Of A Head Injury In Adults

Make sure to always call 911 if any of the following symptoms are present because they may be indicative of a serious brain injury:

  • Severe headaches.
  • Vomiting.
  • Severe head and/or facial bleeding.
  • Bleeding or fluid discharge from the ears or nose.
  • Black and blue discoloration behind the ears or below the eyes.
  • Breathing has stopped.
  • Confusion.
  • Weakness in or an inability to use a leg or arm.
  • Unequal pupil size.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Seizures.

Symptoms Of A Head Injury In Children

  • Persistent crying.
  • Repeated vomiting.
  • Refusal to eat.

What To Do If Severe Head Trauma Occurs?

  1. Minimize Movement. Make sure an injured person remains lying down with their head and shoulders slightly elevated. Do not move the person and avoid moving their neck. If a head trauma victim is wearing a helmet, do not remove it for any reason.
  2. Stop the Bleeding. Use sterile gauze or a clean piece of cloth to apply firm pressure to the wound. Make sure not to apply any direct pressure to the wound if you suspect there may be a skull fracture.
  3. Monitor Breathing and Alertness. Begin CPR immediately if a person shows no signs of breathing, coughing, or movement.
  4. Prevent Choking. If a person is vomiting, roll their head, neck, and body onto their side. This will also protect the spine.

Being able to recognize the symptoms of a serious head injury and then administer first aid care has the potential to save someone’s life. For any moderate to severe head injury get medical help immediately if a victim:

  • Becomes sleepy or falls asleep.
  • Has pupils that are of unequal sizes.
  • Behaves strangely.
  • Develops a stiff neck or a severe headache.
  • Vomits repeatedly.
  • Cannot move an arm or leg.
  • Loses consciousness.

What NOT To Do After A Head Injury

As  important as it is to know what to do in the event of a head injury, it’s also crucial to avoid unintentional mistakes that can make an injury worse. When in doubt, follow these recommendations:

  • DO NOT move a person unless it is necessary.
  • DO NOT wash a deep or bleeding head wound.
  • DO NOT remove objects sticking out of a head wound.
  • DO NOT shake a person if they are disoriented.
  • DO NOT pick up a child with a head injury.
  • DO NOT consume alcohol within 48 hours of a head injury.

How Are Traumatic Head Injuries Caused?

Below are five common reasons for traumatic head injuries:

  1. Car Accidents. Car and motorcycle accidents are all common causes of many traumatic head injuries.
  2. Falls. More common in young children and the elderly, falls in the bath, from a bed or ladder, or down stairs can all cause a traumatic head injury.
  3. Explosive Blasts. Injuries caused by an explosive blast are common among active duty military personnel. Many researchers believe that the pressure wave passing through a victim’s brain can significantly disrupt healthy brain functioning.
  4. Violence. Physical assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and gunshot wounds are all common causes for a head injury.
  5. Sports Injuries. Extreme and high impact sports can all cause concussions and other traumatic head injuries.

Our Team is Here to Help

If a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, contact an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at info@westcoasttriallawyers.com or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.



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