If you are involved in a car accident in the State of California, you may be understandably shaken up and terrified following the crash. However, if your child was injured in a car crash, you may feel overwhelmed and panicked. Take a moment to follow these steps to ensure that your child’s health and safety is addressed in the best way possible.

To Move or Not to Move

Depending on the severity of the car accident, you may have to make the decision to remove your child from the car. First, call 911 and request that a police officer and ambulance arrive at the scene. If you have any suspicion that your child is severely injured, it may be best to leave them and not move them at all. In other cases, leaving the child in the car may cause worse injuries, therefore, it is imperative that you call 911 and speak with a professional who may be able to help you make the best decision for your child.

File a Police Report

While this will not directly affect your child’s immediate health, you will want to ensure that the police take a complete and accurate report at the scene that you can request later. This is important because if you or your child are faced with astronomical and unexpected medical bills following a car crash, you will be able to receive compensation for those injuries if proper documentation and evidence are provided. A police report is a critical part of the documentation needed to build a strong personal injury claim, and receive compensation from an insurance company.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Even if the car crash was minor, or considered a “fender-bender”, do not hesitate to seek immediate medical attention. If an ambulance arrives, have them examine both you and your child for any unseen or unnoticeable injuries that may be life-threatening or severe. In many cases, you or your child may not feel unwell due to the adrenaline that is dumped into the system following a traumatic event such as a car accident. If you do not have an ambulance arrive at the scene of the car crash, you should go to an emergency room to have a doctor or other medical professional thoroughly examine both you and your child. In all cases, you should seek some sort of medical attention within 72 hours following any car accident, simply to make sure that your health and your child’s health is taken care of in an appropriate manner.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

You may feel terrifying following a car accident that involves your child. Remaining calm and making sure to seek the best medical attention as soon as possible can ensure the best outcome for the health of you and your child. Contact Easton & Easton’s personal injury lawyers at 800-461-8259 or online today to discuss how our legal team can help you obtain the compensation you deserve following a car accident.