What to Do in the Event of a Brain Injury

Brain injuries are not to be taken lightly, and we’re sure you know that. But, do you know exactly what you should be doing immediately after, and into the future afterward? We’ve got a few tips to help you understand just what should be done in this case.

Of course, we don’t wish for a brain injury upon anyone. But we want you to be prepared. So, keep reading to find out how to act, to help someone, and what steps will be taken by professionals if it ever happens.

Immediately After

You will need to call the emergency services to get you to a hospital. Especially if you are alone. If someone is with you, they will be able to call if and while you are unconscious, which could be a life-saver in severe cases.

Depending on your location, you may want someone to drive you to meet the ambulance, to save time in a real emergency. You can always ask the person over the phone if this is a good idea. 

If you feel the injury isn’t too severe, and you are not alone, you might think it safe enough to have another person drive you. This is fine, but you should never drive yourself. Not even after a small head injury. Sometimes something that seems insignificant can be very severe.

Mild Injuries

If your diagnosis is mild, then you should be ok to rest it out at home. It’s always a good idea to have someone checking on you in case your symptoms worsen. Over the counter pain killers should be sufficient to help you ease any pain.

The doctor should give you an indication when it’s ok to return to your normal activities. Make sure you get a note if you need to miss school or work. 

More Serious Injuries

When the injury is more serious, the doctors first need to check that you have enough oxygen and that blood flow is normal. They will want to prevent any further damage that may occur to the injured area.

A few kinds of treatment may be given to stop anything worse from happening. These include the following.

  • Diuretics – These are given to help reduce any pressure that may be building up in the brain.
  • Anti-seizure meds – If you’ve suffered a severe injury, you may be at risk of seizures in the days following. It’s a good idea to receive medication to prevent this.
  • Coma-inducing meds – Doctors might give you drugs to make you go into a temporary coma as your brain will require less oxygen in this state.

Surgery may also be required. This will mainly be to minimize further issues and stop any bleeding. Sometimes your skull can get fractured in a severe event, and they will also need to fix this. Blood clots will have to be dealt with to reduce pressure on your brain.

Rehab

If the injury was serious, you would likely have to go to rehabilitation. Many lose the function of particular body parts, speech, and sometimes suffer from memory loss. You’ll have therapy to regain use of those areas.

There are all kinds of different therapists, and the type you see will depend on the severity of your injury. The number of sessions and how long you’ll receive them will also be different for everyone.

Taking Action

If the injury wasn’t your fault, and you feel you deserve compensation, then you need to get in contact with an injury lawyer. You can search online and find one in your area. A meeting with them will help them understand exactly what happened and if they can help you.

When you go to see a lawyer, you need to take with you as much information as possible. If someone was with you to witness the event, they might remember more. The attorney needs to know how the injury happened, who was involved, and other details.

Keep a record of everything that happened after the event too. These include the treatment you received and how much time you lost due to injuries – All of these are essential to know when you open a case.

Stay Safe

So, in every way possible, take great care in your day to day lives. Nobody wants to be a victim of a brain injury as it can affect so much. But, if it does happen, make sure you get the right attention and take legal action if necessary. You need to work fast.

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