The idea of your child facing any type of medical emergency is undoubtedly frightening. You likely hope that in the moment you will stay calm and know exactly what to do, but that may not end up as the reality of the situation. Accidents can happen at any time, and you could understandably find yourself caught off guard.
Though you would certainly rather your child never suffer any type of serious injury, it can happen in an instant. In particular, you may find yourself involved in a serious car accident due to the actions of another driver, and your child could suffer considerably. In such a scenario, calling for emergency services is vital.
When to call 911
After a car accident, you may feel disoriented or even suffer injuries yourself. As much as you want to take care of your child, you also need to attend to your own injuries. If possible, have someone else call 911. If you do not suffer injuries or they are not serious, you should still call emergency services to care for your child, especially if any of the following factors apply:
- Your child is unconscious or unresponsive.
- Your child has suffered serious injuries.
- Your child has suffered a head, neck or spine injury.
- Your child is bleeding uncontrollably.
Of course, it can be difficult to determine the exact extent of injuries after a car accident, and your child may be more seriously hurt than you can visibly tell. Therefore, you should call 911 and allow emergency services to transport him or her to the emergency room.
At the ER
Emergency rooms can often be scary places simply due to the number of injured or sick people and the bustle of medical personnel attending to patients. You may feel stressed and overwhelmed, and your child will undoubtedly feel that way as well. One of the best ways to help your trip to the ER go as smoothly as possible is to have the necessary information ready when asked. Some information you may need to provide to the medical staff includes the following:
- Tell staff members about any allergies your child has.
- Inform them of any medicine your child is currently taking.
- Provide them with facts about your family's medical history.
- Make sure they know of any recent illnesses, past surgeries and previous hospitalizations your child has gone through.
You may need to provide this information multiple times to various people, which can feel frustrating, but it is important to provide the information.
In the aftermath
Your child may suffer considerably from the injuries resulting from the car accident, and you may have many financial repercussions to handle as well. This entire scenario can be immensely stressful, and you may wonder whether you could find any type of financial relief. If another driver's negligence or recklessness led to the injury-causing accident, you may have reason to pursue a personal injury claim in hopes of obtaining compensation for damages permitted under Texas state law.