First Aid - Head, Neck and Spine Injury (page 10 of 11)  
  The skull is a bony structure, and its purpose is protecting the brain from any damage.  If the injury to the head occurs there is always a risk of brain damage.  Also, it should always be assumed, that if there is a risk of head injury then there is also a risk of spine injury and neck injury.

You should suspect a head, neck or spine injury in case of the following accidents:
  -  Car or motorcycle accident, even minor bump can cause internal head injury
  -  Fall from height
  -  Injury to the head, fight, sporting event, etc.
  -  Electrocution

You should suspect a head, neck or spine injury if the symptoms below follow the accident:
  -  Lack of responsiveness or moaning
  -  Vision problems or confusion
  -  Trouble walking or moving
  -  Seizures, Vomiting, or Headache  

Steps for administering First Aid:
  -  As always, make sure the scene is safe for you and the victim(s)
  -  Phone or ask someone to phone 911
  -  Hold the neck and head so it does not move, twists, or bend
  -  Turn the victim only if: *victim is in danger, *if you need to check if the victim is breathing, *if the victim is vomiting        
  -  If the victim does not respond, begin CPR

Important: If you must turn, make sure you are holding the head and neck in place to avoid/minimize movement, twisting or bending. Ideally, this requires two rescuers.