In Miami, the car accident attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm understand the process of dealing with minor car accident injuries given their vast experience accompanying their car accident clients through the healing process of their personal injuries. After a minor car accident, many car accident victims may not consider it necessary to see a doctor or talk to a car accident lawyer. This can be a huge mistake, because even minor car accidents may require medical care to treat car accident injuries and legal advice to help cover your expenses or losses.
If you, a friend, or relative has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Orange County, contact the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE now for a FREE initial consultation and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to clients.
HOW TO TREAT MINOR CAR ACCIDENTS AT HOME FOLLOWING A MEDICAL EVALUATION
Personal injuries to your face, arms, and body are common following a motor vehicle crash. Injuries after a motor vehicle accident may include injuries such as cuts, burns, bruises to your face, arms, body, and also include sore muscles. The most intense pain from any of the car accident injuries, will be felt during the first 24-48 hours. While muscle stiffness in the neck or back will be felt during the first several hours after the accident has occurred. The day after the collision is vital for determining if you should seek medical attention. When you wake up after being involved in a car accident, the physical effects of any injuries will be either be intense or begin to manifest themselves gradually as time passes. Your pain and discomfort will vary according to the severity of the collision and whether or not the airbag was deployed. In the event of a deployed airbag, you will have probably experienced facial injuries, as well as injuries to your hands, wrists, or arms (see Airbag Injuries).
After seeking medical advice or prior to visiting a doctor, you may try the following to treat your pain or discomfort.
Pain Relief Medications
- Take over the counter and prescription medicines only as instructed by a doctor or healthcare professional.
- If you were prescribed antibiotic medicine, take or apply it as instructed by a doctor or healthcare professional. It’s important to continue taking antibiotic medication as instructed regardless of whether your injuries show signs of improvement.
Treating Lacerations, Burns, and other Flesh Wounds
In the event of a car accident that result in injuries such as lacerations or burns, special care must be applied after seeking professional medical care.
Follow these steps to treat lacerations, cuts, or burns:
- Clean your wound or burn as told by your health care provider.
- Wash the wound or burn with mild soap and water.
- Rinse the wound or burn with water to remove all soap.
- Pat the wound or burn dry with a clean towel. Do not rub it.
- Be aware of when and how to change your bandage (dressing).
- Always wash your hands before you change your dressing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Leave stitches (sutures), skin glue, or adhesive strips in place if this applies. These skin closures may need to stay in place for 2 weeks or longer. If adhesive strip edges start to loosen and curl up, you may trim the loose edges. Do not remove adhesive strips completely unless your health care provider tells you to do that.
- Know when your dressing should be removed.
- Refrain from scratching or picking you wound or burn.
- Refrain from bursting blisters that may develop.
- Refrain from peeling off any skin.
- Keep your burn or wound out of the sun.
- Raise (elevate) the wound or burn above the level of your heart while you are sitting or lying down.
- If you have a wound or burn on your face, you may want to sleep with your head elevated. You may do this by putting an extra pillow under your head.
Check your wound or burn every day for signs of infection.
Look for any of the following:
- Redness, inflammation, pain, or discomfort
- Fluid, blood, or pus
- Heated area
- A bad smell
If your condition does not improve after the time stated by your treating physician or your condition worsens, seek professional medical attention and contact a personal injury lawyer. Why contact a personal injury lawyer? Because every time you visit a doctor or healthcare facility, you will be billed, and many times, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation through an insurance claim to cover your losses after injuries in a car accident.
CONTACT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM ONLINE NOW FOR A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
With offices in Miami and North Miami Beach, the personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm is dedicated to putting their clients best interests at the forefront of the insurance claim for compensation following a motor vehicle accident in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange County cities and suburbs.
The above mentioned medical advice is aimed to help accident victims cope and deal with minor car accident injuries. However, this information is not meant to be a substitute for a professional medical evaluation and treatment plan. The Perazzo Law Firm strongly urges readers to not consider the above mentioned medical sugestions as a guideline to treatment that substitutes professional medical care to treat common car accident injuries. In other words, the Perazzo Law Firm is not liable for failed recovery from injuries without first getting professional medical advice.