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A car accident may mean your child needs to go to the ER

You may consider yourself someone who likes to remain prepared and organized for various scenarios. When it comes to your children's care and safety, you may have many plans in place for taking the necessary action quickly and for locating any information you may need in the event of an emergency.

Though planning ahead is often useful, you may experience a situation that throws all of your planning out the window. For example, if you are involved in a car accident that results in one of your children suffering serious injuries, you may not have the time or the ability to implement a pre-made plan, and instead, you may have to think on your feet. If you have also suffered injuries, you may need to trust others to carry out their own effective plans.

Going to the ER

In a situation where your child suffers serious injuries and you do not, you should still call an ambulance to the accident scene rather than trying to take your child to the emergency room yourself. This step makes sense for many reasons, including the fact that the accident likely disabled your vehicle and your child -- and others -- may need immediate care that EMS workers can provide until they reach the ER.

Because you have planned ahead for a similar but not this exact scenario, you may be able to quickly provide medical staff with vital information after arriving at the ER. Some information you need to disclose includes the following:

  • Your child's allergies, if any
  • Relevant family medical history
  • Any previous hospitalizations
  • Any previous surgeries
  • Current medications your child is taking
  • Immunization history
  • Current or recent illnesses

Emergency room visits can often take several hours, and if your child is seriously injured, he or she may need to undergo medical procedures immediately. The entire ordeal can be stressful and frightening for both you and your child. Hopefully, your prepared nature will have allowed you to determine the best ways to keep your child as calm as possible.

Aftermath

After the ER visit, your child may need hospitalization, continued treatment and a long time to recover. You may also have many hospital bills to address. If another driver caused the accident that resulted in your child's injuries, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that person in hopes of obtaining compensation for damages allowable under California state law.

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