ADVICE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH MINOR INJURIES FROM CAR ACCIDENTS AT HOME*
IN MIAMI, CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS KNOW THAT CRASHES OCCUR ALL THE TIME: MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT
Though motor vehicle accident victims should always seek medical attention following a car accident, even minor collisions, many crashes do not require medical care and can be treated at home. Following a motor vehicle accident in Miami, it is common for accident victims to suffer injuries to their face, arms, and body. The lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm know that these car accident injuries most often include cuts, burns, bruises, breaks, and sore muscles, and that they usually feel worse for the first 24–48 hours. Motor vehicle accident victims may experience the most stiffness and soreness during the first few hours and they can also feel worse when he/ she wakes up the first morning after the crash. However, it is important to remember that their pain and suffering will most likely begin to disappear as the days pass. How quickly each motor vehicle accident victim improves often depends on the severity of the car crash and the number of injuries sustained in the accident, as well as the location, the nature of these injuries, and whether an airbag deployed upon impact.
What to do in the event of wounds or burns:
Clean the wounds or burns as suggested by your medical professional. Firstly, clean the wound or burn with mild soap and water. Secondly, rinse out the wound or burn with water to eliminate all the soap. Thirdly, gently tap the wound or burn dry with a clean towel. Never rub the wound of burn. Always follow the instructions of the medical professional regarding how to care for the wound or burn. Make sure to: firstly, know when and how to change the bandage or gauze wrap. Remember to make sure to have clean hands whenever touching or dressing a wound or burn. Hand sanitizer may be used if there is no soap or water readily available. Do not remove any stitches, skin glue, or sticky strips. This should be done by a medical professional. Stitches and other skin closures may not be removed for at least two weeks or even longer depending on the degree of the laceration. Adhesive strip edges that begin loosen and curl, should never be removed, but rather, carefully trimmed so as to not come off completely. Dressings should not be removed until stated by a medical professional. Wounds should not be scratched or pricked and blisters should never be popped as to avoid infection or scarring. The wound or scab should never be peeled and exposure to the sun should be avoided. When lying or sitting, wounds or burns should be elevated above chest level and an extra pillow should be used as elevation for facial wounds. Injuries that require scarring should be checked for signs of infection which may include redness, swelling, pain, discomfort, fluid, pus, blood, or foul odor.
General guidelines: To help with pain and swelling, ice should be applied to eyes, face, torso, or other areas that have suffered injury, as stated the medical professional. The ice should be placed in a plastic bag and a towel should be placed between the body and the bag. Ice should be placed over the injured area for twenty minutes about 2-3 times daily. Drinking water is highly recommended in order to help maintain the body fresh and urine clear. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is to be avoided. Consulting a medical professional about whether lifting heavy objects is acceptable as lifting heavy objects can provoke further injury to the neck or back.
Getting Proper Rest: Resting helps the motor vehicle accident victim’s body to heal. Accident victims should make sure to get lots of sleep and refrain from staying up late as the normal weekday and weekend sleep routine should be kept. The medical professional should be asked whether commuting is possible, as well as whether arduous tasks should cease temporarily. In the event of dizziness, any activity that requires attention and focus should be postponed until consulting a doctor. If symptoms worsen two weeks after the motor vehicle accident, contact your medical professional.
Symptoms which require medical attention after an accident:
- Headaches that persist
- Loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Nervousness or Anxiety
- Memory loss
- Tingling in extremities
- Severe pain in neck or back
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Bloodshot eyes
- Bloody stool
- Urine in blood
If you have been in a car accident in Miami and have suffered injuries from a car crash, CONTACT the Perazzo Law Firm for a FREE initial consultation to discuss your accident and evaluate the possibility of filing an insurance claim for compensation to cover bodily harm, property damages, or losses.
The purpose of this information is intended to help accident victims recover and the Perazzo Law Firm strongly urges them to following the advice of their medical professionals that are treating their car accident injuries. Accident victims must make sure to consult their doctor if in doubt about how to properly care for their injuries while at home.