To think it's a bit strange to take photos of your child after an accident

(54 Posts)
Samu2 Sun 23-Jun-13 14:57:51

Just opened FB and a friend's daughter was in a car accident last night.. thankfully she is ok.

She posted photos of her daughter sitting outside the car with blood pouring down her face and crying her eyes out, then she posted photos of her being put on the back board thing by the paramedics and then being carried into the ambulance.

Perhaps it is just me and I am trying not to be too judgey, but I don't quite understand taking photos of your child bleeding and very distressed with the paramedics just after a car accident.

I think it was very close to home as mum got there before paramedics.

cocolepew Sun 23-Jun-13 14:58:36

Very strange hmm.

RVPisnomore Sun 23-Jun-13 14:58:59

I've heard of people doing this when planning to sue!

NatashaBee Sun 23-Jun-13 14:59:35

I can see why you'd do it if there might be a need for evidence of the injuries, for legal/ evidence reasons. Doesn't sound like that's the case here though.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Sun 23-Jun-13 14:59:37

Compensation of course. Poor child.

Samu2 Sun 23-Jun-13 14:59:55

I just can't imagine even thinking of reaching for my phone to take a photo of my kid straight out of a car accident who is very clearly by the picture, crying her eyes out and looking very very scared.

CatInWellies Sun 23-Jun-13 15:03:20

I've never seen anything as shocking as that, but my news feed often shows pictures my friends have taken of their children having fallen over, bleeding gums, head bumps etc. And even taking pics of children in hospital seems quite common! Why? Is it to prove they are really hurt? Seems odd to me. My little one has been in hospital a few times, and got the usual toddler bumps and knocks, I don't take pictures of them!

Finola1step Sun 23-Jun-13 15:03:40

How old is the child? The only reason I ask is if the child is in fact a young adult and the driver of the car, then I could just about see the taking of photos as a wake up call. So posting such photos to warn other young drivers etc.

That said, I can not see any other reason. Even if the photos are for insurance purposes, why post them on fb?

TimeofChange Sun 23-Jun-13 15:07:19

They are obviously planning to sue.
Though the Face book posting is really wierd.
Though I don't do FB at all - I think it really wierd.

whois Sun 23-Jun-13 15:15:41

I thought you meant a photo later, one showing the big cast on an arm, or huge plaster on a chin or something, not while the child was all covered in blood and waiting for medical attention! That's seriously strange.

Very odd.

MammaTJ Sun 23-Jun-13 15:18:55

I posted a pic of my DS in his plaster cast. But I didn't take a pic of him immediately, and neither did DP who was with him at the time of his accident, he cuddled him, made him feel better, as any normal parent would.

mrsjay Sun 23-Jun-13 15:20:33

I have had all sorts of injuries on my facebook I must have some weird friends TBF some are friends of friends, anyway I have seen a husband after an operation picture a manky infected foot picture a child with a bloody lip photo It is weird I dont get it and I tell the person if I can how horrible it is

WorraLiberty Sun 23-Jun-13 15:21:13

Photos for compensation is one thing, but plastering them all over Facebook is quite another.

Like a sick kind of attention seeking.

PenguinBear Sun 23-Jun-13 15:24:11

Think it depends on the age of the child. And yep I agree with others, photos will be used into sue someone!

Samu2 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:24:50

The child must be around 17-18

She hasn't mentioned suing, just keep posting the pics and saying 'my poor baby sad'

I have taken pictures of my child in her finger cast after she had an operation on her nail, I see plenty of those posts, but this is the first time I have seen photos of someone bleeding and crying at the scene of an accident while with the paramedics.

Mind you, I once remember reading about someone who was tweeting about their child's accident while they were waiting for help.

RollerCola Sun 23-Jun-13 15:25:30

I think sometimes people post photos after the event, once the child is all patched up in a sort of 'omg we've had the most awful day but everyone's ok now' kind of way.

But a) actually TAKING photos when their child is injured, bleeding and just about to get into an ambulance is wrong and severely attention-seeking imo, when they should be putting all their concentration into looking after the well being of their child,

and b) posting them on fb is also very wrong and unnecessary. No-one needs to see them.

I took a pic of my dd1's injuries, but only after she had been comforted and been to A&E and sent home. We used it to get compensation.

Taking photos whilst you child is in distress and not fully medically assessed is horrible, posting it on FB is weird.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sun 23-Jun-13 15:27:49

Most definitely for the claim they will make. I see it a lot in my job - I've seen some pretty graphic images of people in ambulances, in the A&E, at home the day after when bruising comes out etc. It's done to docment the injury and the progress of recovery which is part of how the claim is valued. I think it's just a reflection of the type of world we live in - photographic evidence is a big part of making claims/litigation and the better the evidence, the better for your claim. If you have a vague knowledge of this, it's more likely to be the 1st thing you think of - whereas others would be more interested in comforting their child!

As someone who deals with these kinds of things a lot, I'd always recommend taking photos of anything to do with an accident, because it makes my job easier. But that's just me grin

RiotsNotDiets Sun 23-Jun-13 15:28:35

That's really grim. I wouldn't want pictures of me in that state plastered over the internet. Really she should have been comforting her DD not getting her camera out and posting on fb.

FFS

Samu2 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:29:00

Oh well, just went through her page and came across a status where she said she wishes people wouldn't post breastfeeding photos on fb hmm

Defriended.

Taking pics for insurace/compensation - fine.

Plastering them on FB - downright weird.

ihearsounds Sun 23-Jun-13 15:30:56

People in shock do some pretty odd things. Not everyone acts the same way. The parent could have been taking the pics while her dd was being treated to keep herself busy and not get in the parademics way, when she wouldn't have been able to consol her dd without getting in their way. Some parents haven't got an ounce of empathy in their bodies and just think about me, me, me. Maybe the parent was over thinking in the event of an accident take as many pictures as possible.

Samu2 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:33:18

There was one before the paramedics arrived where she was just sitting by the car so at that point they weren't there.

People are strange!

Jamillalliamilli Sun 23-Jun-13 15:36:06

I find it weird but CatinWellies mentions taking them in hospital.

I took photo's of my d/s fighting meningitis in hospital, and d/d with severe head injuries. In both cases I was absolutely terrified they'd be the last one's I had of them.

He has some residual damage and ASD and can be hard work, and she has been left a different person with extreme brain damage.

One of each in major trouble are still up, along with the 'normal' pics, many years later, to remind me (and their siblings) when either or both of them are being total goits, how much I love them however they are, how very lucky I am to still have them, and to keep the small stuff in perspective. smile

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