When accidents happen, it is sometimes difficult to think clearly about what you need to do and how to deal with the aftermath. No matter where the accident takes place, there will be certain steps to follow. Here are some of the things you need to remember about accidents and what to do if you are unfortunately involved in one. If you can get all the help you need, the results of an accident can be quickly dealt with.
You Can Be Compensated
If you have been injured or distressed in any way, don’t keep it to yourself. Although you may not realize it, these injuries can go on to cause mental health issues and mobility issues, depending on what has happened. If you are injured and cannot work, or it is causing you other problems, don’t forget that there are ways you can be compensated so that you don’t lose money and you can get your health back on track. Speak to the experts at www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk, for example, who will be able to help you get the help you need.
The first thing you will need to do if you are caught up in any kind of accident is to remain calm. This is, we know, often easier said than done, at least in the first few moments, but if you can calm yourself and take a moment to assess what has happened, it will be better for everyone involved and quicker to get help. Panicking won’t help anyone, and can make the situation worse.
Take a look around you and look for anyone who might be injured – don’t forget to check yourself for injuries too (in all the confusion you might not even realize that you are hurt). Don’t touch anything if you can help it, and call for assistance as soon as possible.
Look For Witnesses
You will also need to remember to look for witnesses. Who is there who saw what happened? These people are extremely important as they not only will help in any insurance claims or police involvement, but they can also help more immediately by calling for medical assistance or helping to clear the area if it is safe to do so.
Something to bear in mind with witnesses is that they might be in shock after having seen the accident take place, so treat them kindly and gently. Take their details in case they feel they have to leave; at least you can contact them later on.
Simple First Aid
If the injuries are minor and no ambulance or medical assistance is required, simple first aid (cleaning of cuts and abrasions and so on) can take place. If in the workplace or a public area, there should be first aid kits to hand. If not, cleaning the wounds should still be a priority, so look for a bathroom where the cleaning can take place.
If there are more serious injuries, it can be wiser not to do anything, as moving someone with a neck or back injury, for example, can be dangerous. If you are unsure, speak to the operator when you dial 911 and check to see what you can do, if anything.