After an Injury

Immediately after an injury in the water, the injured individual should be evaluated to determine what type of medical attention, if any, is necessary. Family members, friends, and other witnesses should call emergency help if they are unsure of the individual’s condition. Emergency assistance can help determine the next course of action in terms of injuries or need for resuscitation.

If you feel that the injury or accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or malice, you may wish to pursue legal action against the individual or party responsible for the injury. In this case, the injured individual or other individuals should collect as much information as possible regarding the incident. This information is helpful when filing a Jet Ski accident lawsuit.

First Aid and Treatment

The first step after an injury in the water is to ensure that the individual gets proper medical treatment. To determine the extent of injury, the he or she should be carefully evaluated. He or she may not require any first aid or treatment in cases of minor abrasions or slip and fall incidents.

However, emergency help should be called immediately for severe injuries. These may include large wounds, broken bones, head injuries, or unconsciousness. Depending on the severity of the water injury, the individual may require hospitalization in order to be properly stabilized and treated.

Assessing Condition after an Injury

To determine the extent of the patient after an injury, individuals should take the following steps:

  • Ensure that the individual is removed from immediate danger.
  • Check for consciousness by checking for breathing. Call for emergency help if the victim is not breathing, or has difficulty breathing. Those who are certified may choose to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • If the individual is breathing, tap him or her and ask for a response. Ask the individual to wiggle his or her fingers and toes. Call for emergency help if the victim is disoriented or unable to respond.
  • Observe the body for injuries, such as bumps, bruises, and cuts. Skin color and temperature may indicate oxygen loss or other signs of distress. In these cases, call for emergency help.
  • If the individual is conscious and responsive with minimal injury, continue to monitor him or her to ensure a stable condition.

Collecting Information

If the Jet Ski accident occurred on public property or the private property of another individual, the victim or victim’s peers should collect as much information as possible after an injury. An accident report should be filed with authorities if the injury occurred in a public swimming area such as a lake or beach. After an injury receives proper treatment, the victim may wish to file a Jet Ski accident lawsuit if another party was responsible for the injury. The information collected at the scene of the Jet Ski accident is critical evidence for legal claims.

 

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