My previous car accident lawyer blog post discussed a variety of free or low-cost traffic-pattern apps that could be used to avoid traffic and hopefully (by reducing the sheer number of other cars encountered) lower your chances for getting into a car accident.
Of course, anytime you get in a car, there is some chance that a car accident will occur.
Recently, I was told about an often ignored app on the iPhone – more of a feature really. If you are injured in a serious car accident, this feature could save your life. As a result, I wanted to use today’s blog to spend some time explaining, step-by-step, how this feature works.
On your Medical ID feature, you can fill out all relevant medical information that you would want an emergency responder or Emergency Room doctor to know: blood type, emergency contacts, allergies, medications currently taking etc… The real benefit of this feature is that it can be accessed without entering your password (really important when seconds count and you are unconscious). The flip side of this coin is that you need to be cognizant of the information you make available on the Medical ID feature – i.e. it is accessible to anyone who has your phone (doctor = good; snooping friend = bad).
With that being said, here is a step-by-step guide to help you set up your potentially life-saving Medical ID feature that could become invaluable should you be rendered unconscious as a result of a serious car accident, motorcycle accident, etc…
Step 1: Find the Health App on your iPhone. There is nothing to download, it comes automatically installed on all new iPhones (or with recent OS software updates). In the picture below, you can see that it is the app with the icon that is mostly white, with a red heart inside.
Step 2: Touch the Medical ID option in the lower right-hand corner and then touch the red “Create Medical ID” selection.
Step 3: Insert the medical information you would want readily available to an Emergency Room doctor or paramedic. Not every item needs to be filled out. For example, I am not currently taking any medications, so I left that item blank. But I added two emergency contacts.
Step 4: When your phone asks for the password you will notice that there is always an option called “Emergency.” If you touch this option you will now notice that “*Medical ID” now appears in the bottom left-hand corner. If that option is selected, all the information previously entered will be made available.
Apple has made it clear that it never shares this information with other apps – but again, it can be accessed by anyone who has your phone. Hopefully, you never need to use this feature – but it can’t hurt to be prepared. If you or a loved one is in a serious car accident and wants to discuss the potential case with a car accident attorney, please call 305-931-6666 for a free consultation.