McMinn Law Firm’s Injury & Accident Checklist Resource Series
Injuries to the head can range from mild to severe and if not checked properly, could pose a serious health risk. It is important to evaluate the head injury as soon as it occurs to ensure the proper care is administered for recovery.
McMinn Law Firm’s Brain Injury Safety Checklist
Here is a checklist compiled from information from the Brain Trauma Foundation to ensure your family’s health in the event of a head trauma for immediate evaluation:
If you feel symptoms of a brain injury after an accident, it may be a good idea to keep track of how you may be feeling. Check out our brain injury safety checklist to keep track of what you want to talk about with your doctor. Brain injury symptoms may be emotional, intellectual or behavioral.
1. ✔︎ Is the person alert?
Can they respond to simple questions and are able to communicate their answers? If they are not alert, call 911 immediately.
2. ✔︎ Ask them about their symptoms.
Ask them if they feel like they might vomit, have a severe headache, or are having difficulty staying awake. If they answer yes to any one of these questions, call 911 immediately.
3. ✔︎ Seek aid.
All head injuries should be evaluated by a health care professional. A head injury might cause a brain injury, where symptoms might not show up for days after the original injury. Brain injuries can range from mild to severe and should be treated immediately.
Download McMinn Law Firm’s Brain Injury Safety Checklist and talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions about Brain Injury
Whether you are volunteering at a t-ball game or providing aid after a construction work injury, concussions should be taken very seriously. A head injury may cause damage to a person’s cognitive functioning, emotional response, and control. Here’s some frequently asked questions about brain injury, post-traumatic headaches, and what to do after an accident:
- Symptoms may appear after the accident. Should you seek medical care?
Yes. Don’t delay proper medical attention. If you’d like more information on identifying brain injury, we’ve adapted a quick checklist you can reference. It’s not meant as a comprehensive way of determining if you need long term care. (Only a specialist can do that.) Use our list to track what kind of pain you may be experiencing and keep your results from this exercise in mind when you visit the doctor. Find more information at headinjury.com
- What is a post-traumatic Headache? What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. The most common cause is a slip and fall, trip or accident. TBI may also occur after a car crash. Find out more about TBI by viewing our brain injury infographic.
- Why would someone need immediate medical attention for a brain injury?
Immediately after a car accident the victim may need additional oxygen and blood supply to the brain. In the first section we stated that if someone feels nauseous, or is having difficulty communicating that you should call 911 immediately. The brain needs oxygen at all times to survive. Emergency response will also address secondary damage caused to the brain due to inflammation or bleeding of the brain. Trained emergency responders will minimize neck and brain injuries following a crash or fall.
- Why does my head still ache after a car accident?
It’s been days, week, or months and your head still aches. Whether constant or occasional, seek help from a licensed medical professional. Post-traumatic headaches may require medication, or your doctor may recommend some alternative treatments such as surgery or rehabilitation. See this brain injury checklist to see if your symptoms may be related to brain injury.
- What are common treatments for brain injury? After a vehicle crash or other accident, medication is a common treatment to help patients cope with pain from headaches. Some types of medication include diuretics (to reduce pressure inside the brain) anti-seizure drugs, or in very serious circumstances a coma-inducing drug. An experienced doctor may find that a coma would aid in recovery because comatose brains require less oxygen.Treatments often involve seeing rehab specialists. If hospitalized for a brain injury, rehab will begin within the rehab unit at the hospital in an inpatient care setting. After being released from the hospital a patient may seek outpatient care with a psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist or physical therapist.
- How do I find medical care after an accident? You may be thinking “I think I need medical attention, but don’t know what kind of provider I should see.” You may want to see your primary physician. It’s a logical, comfortable, and familiar decision. However your primary doctor may not treat auto accident injuries. Seeking care from your primary physician may be a good place to start if you can be seen quickly and you have had successful referrals to specials from your primary care doctor in the past. However after a car accident you may want to visit an emergency care clinic. Some clinics specialize in car accident injuries and you may be able to see specialists quickly and all at the same location. They may already work with car insurance companies. Health is the most important part of recovery, but it is important for your settlement and claim as proof of cause of your injury to seek medical attention.Lastly, your lawyer isn’t a doctor, but you may want to ask them about their advice on where to start seeking care. Some providers specialize in auto accident rehabilitation, and who better to ask than someone who works to help people recover from auto crashes?
If you or a loved one has been injured, call an experienced Brain Injury Attorney today. Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are comprehensive, determined personal injury lawyers. Call the McMinn Law Firm today at 512-474-0222 or submit your information to us in the contact form. (Also located on this page.)