No matter how safely you drive, your child could be seriously injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. Fortunately, they have the same rights to compensation for their injuries from the at-fault motorists as other passengers. It is important to understand the types of injuries that children commonly suffer in these collisions and the types of compensation you should seek when you file your claim on your child’s behalf with the other driver’s insurance company.
Types of Injuries Do Children Suffer in Car Crashes
Because of their smaller size, children are more likely to suffer long-term injuries that can affect the rest of their lives even if they are in a car seat or are wearing their seat belt. Common injuries they suffer include:
- Brain injuries. One of the most common injuries a child can suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a jolt to their head or an object penetrating their skull and brain. This injury can cause life-long changes to their mobility, vision, memory, concentration, judgment, emotions, and more that can limit their ability to work and take care of themselves.
- Fractures. A child can suffer arm, hand, leg, and feet fractures if they brace for the force of impact in the wreck or a pelvic fracture from their seat belt.
- Chest injuries. Rib fractures, lung injuries, internal bleeding, and other thoracic injuries can be caused by the seat belt tightening to protect them in an accident or the force of impact in a serious car accident. Immediate medical care is crucial to avoid a life-threatening emergency from internal bleeding or organ damage.
- Cuts and lacerations. Flying glass from windows or the windshield can cause serious cuts and lacerations—often to a child’s face. This can result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, and dental injuries.
- Psychological trauma. Children can suffer psychological trauma from the terror of the collision and coping with their injuries. They are even more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other psychological conditions if they suffer long-term injuries, such as scarring or a traumatic brain injury.
What Compensation Can Your Child Recover?
It can be devastating to see your child injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s careless and reckless actions. This is especially true if they suffer serious injuries that they will never fully recover from. You need to ensure that they receive all the compensation they deserve from the negligent driver to receive the medical treatment and other financial compensation they need. Damages they may be entitled to include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Were you or your child injured in a car accident? You need an experienced car accident attorney to help you receive the maximum recovery for any injuries. To learn how we can help you every step of the way, call our office to schedule your free case evaluation today.