Parents often go to great lengths to protect their children. What happens, though, when the negligent actions of another cause an automobile accident that results in injury to the child? Do parents have any form of recourse, and if so, what? The following information explains further, and provides details on how to ensure your child’s safety after a crash.
An Ounce of Prevention
While there is little you can do to change the behavior of others, you can reduce your child’s risk of injury by ensuring they are riding safely. Use the correct size and type of car seat for your child, ensure the seat belt is properly secured, and never let your child sit in the front seat. Further, it can help to teach your child why car safety is important. Parents should also lead by example (wearing their own seat belts, not talking on the phone or texting while driving, etc.).
When an Accident Happens
If an accident does occur and your child is with you, it is critical that you carefully examine them for any signs of injury. If ever uncertain, take them to a pediatric emergency unit immediately. Studies indicate that these specialized trauma centers improve the outcomes of children injured in car crashes. If one is not available your area, however, a traditional emergency room should suffice.
Alternatively, if you do not believe your child was injured, and the crash was minor, make an appointment with your child’s doctor instead. Even though it may seem unnecessary, it is actually important to have your child seen by a healthcare professional after a crash. Experts say they are more likely to experience delayed symptoms than adults – and some can be life-threatening. Be safe. Have your child examined by a doctor.
Obtaining Compensation for Injuries
Like adults, children can sustain a wide range of injuries in a car crash. Some of the most common include those to the head, chest, neck, and extremities, such as:
And spinal injuries.
Some of these injuries can result in serious and long-term complications. Medical expenses for treatment, transportation, and time away from work can also result in negative consequences for the family. To minimize this damage, families can pursue compensation for any injuries or losses they or their child have experienced in a crash. Unfortunately, the process is a complex one, and doing it alone can compromise the child’s treatment. As such, parents should seek experienced legal assistance with their auto insurance claim.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we feel that parents should never have to pursue compensation alone. We protect their rights, and the rights of their child, and always fight for the most favorable settlement possible. Learn how our Green Bay personal injury lawyers can assist your family. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule a consultation with us today.