As a parent, your children’s safety should be one of your highest priorities. No parent wants to receive news about their child being in an accident or injured. However, these incidents can occur. There are steps you can take to make this high-stress situation a little easier and find relief for yourself and your child quicker.
Contact Medical Authorities
If someone hasn't done so already, your first step must always be to call 911 and obtain medical treatment. This, of course, is all about mitigating the short term danger. If you are unsure if whether or not you should make the drive to the hospital yourself or wait for an ambulance, ask the 911 operator. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may be best not to move your child, but a trained 911 operator can help you make that determination.
Obtain Proper Documentation
Depending on the nature of the accident, there may be police reports, witness statements, photographs and medical records which you need to obtain. Get the name and contact information for any witnesses, as well as any responding police officers. If possible and necessary, take pictures of anything involved in the accident, including all damaged equipment and injuries.
Consider Contacting Legal Authorities
No one wants to sue anyone, but unfortunately, depending on the nature of the accident, you may have to. If there is legal fault and the need for financial compensation, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. They can walk you through your legal options and help you determine what steps you may need to take in order to be compensated for a potentially serious, long-term injury.
No one wants to think about someone they love getting into an accident, but unfortunately, these events are all too common. If the unthinkable occurs, make sure that you are properly prepared and that you take whatever actions necessary to protect your child – in the short-term, and in the long run.