If you come upon an accident or if you are involved in one, then your body can enter the shock phase, and it might be difficult to remember what to do and what not to do. Read on to learn more about some tips to keep in mind if someone is thrown from a vehicle or appears to be suffering from serious injuries.
If someone has broken their back or sustained a similar serious injury, then attempting to move them can actually make things worse. You can compromise their safety further just by moving them, and you can make recovery difficult. One of the most common reasons that you might attempt to move someone is because their body may still be in the line of traffic or other hazards. If this is the case, then try to set up flares, markers or block where the person is lying such that traffic is not an immediate threat.
Although you may think that you are helping, trying to move an injured individual can make things much worse. If you are involved in an accident where any other individual, including a child, has been thrown from a vehicle, then it is best to contact the authorities and wait for them to arrive. You may want to stay with the person or provide other support, but without proper medical training you may be putting this person at risk. The best thing for someone who has sustained serious injuries and is unable to move is to try and keep them calm until medical help arrives.
The medical assistance team can determine if the body should be moved and the best way to do it, if necessary. Do not make things more difficult for an injured person by trying to force them to move or lifting them up. After receiving medical care, you should contact an experienced accident attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for past and future suffering for your injury as well as for medical bills and lost wages. Jayson Lutzky is an attorney with over 32 years of experience. He handles automobile accident cases and has helped recover millions of dollars for past clients. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-person consultations. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about personal injury law and call 718-329-9500 to set up your no obligation appointment.