Were you involved in an auto accident with your infant child? Even if your child was snugly secured in his/her car seat, you likely still have fears about your baby’s health and well-being, especially if your baby is crying.
Car accidents are traumatic experiences for everyone, and infant children are no exception. If your child starts crying after you are hit by a reckless or negligent driver, you may be concerned that the tears mean he or she is injured. While that certainly may be the case, and it is necessary to take every precaution listed below to ensure your child’s safety, he or she may also be crying because of the sound and shock of the car crash and/or because the baby senses your anxiety.
With an infant child unable to tell you what is wrong, a parent involved in a car accident with an infant needs to take the following steps immediately.
Five Things To Do After a Car Accident With an Infant
After being hit by another car, it is important to take immediate action.
- Call 911.
- Move your car to safety and/or put on your flashers to alert other drivers and avoid being involved in a second auto accident.
- Do not move your child until medical professionals arrive. As a parent, you may instinctively want to pick up your child to ensure that he/she is still breathing. However, if your child has a spinal cord or brain injury, you do not want to risk making it worse.
- Accept medical help for your child and yourself. Make sure your child is checked by medical professionals.
- Call your pediatrician and schedule a visit, even if your infant is seen by emergency room doctors.
- Contact an experienced auto accident attorney.
Whether you are able to take all of the steps listed above, it is important to reach out to a knowledgeable accident lawyer to discuss the best steps for protecting your child’s potential legal recovery. You and your infant were victims in the accident and should be financially compensated for your child’s injuries. You should not have to face any injuries that your baby suffered in the crash without knowing that your child’s medical bills and expenses will be taken care of by the at-fault driver.
If you and your infant were injured in an auto accident, contact Woodland Hills attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.