One of a parent’s worst fears is seeing their child get hurt. However,
if that fear comes to pass, you want to ensure you know exactly what to
do in response. Here are the steps you should take if your child is injured
in an accident.
Step 1: Don’t Move Your Child
Unless your child is drowning or is in another dangerous situation, avoid
scooping up your child. If your son or daughter has fallen, let your child
lie where they are. Only a medical professional can tell whether your
child has broken a bone or fracture his or her spine. Moving them might
make the situation worse. Wait for an emergency medical technician (EMT)
to get there and let professionals take your child to the hospital for
Step 2: Assess
Check to see if your child is breathing. If not, conduct CPR. If they are
breathing, check to see if your child is conscious. If your child is responding,
ask him or her to wiggle their toes, then move their arms and legs. If
they can’t seem to move these portions of their bodies, call 911
immediately. Inability to move could indicate a spinal injury.
Next, check to see if your child is disoriented by asking them simple questions
they should be able to answer. If the responses seem slow, call 911. Cognitive
difficulties could indicate a concussion or severe brain injury.
Step 3: Check for Blood
Deep wounds should be looked at by an experienced professional. If the
bleeding doesn’t stop after you apply steady pressure, it’s
time to call 911. Likewise, if you can see bone, your child will likely
need stitches and possible antibiotics. Call 911 if you notice a lot of
blood or bone in the wound.
If your child was injured by the negligence or carelessness of another
person, talk to one of our skilled Fort Worth
child injury attorneys.
The Law Office of James M. Stanley is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for
their medical bills and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do
for you and your family.
Contact us at (817) 591-4222 or fill out our online form to schedule your complimentary
case evaluation today.