For many parents, the idea of their beloved child being injured in a car accident is the stuff of nightmares. Unfortunately, far too many parents find themselves in this exact position.
If your child was hurt in a car accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, they may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of related damages. Before you take legal action, here's what you should know.
Child Injuries Associated With Car Accidents
Children are particularly vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. In fact, even safety features meant to protect vehicle occupants—such as seat belts and airbags—can be deadly for children if misused. Some of the most common child injuries associated with car accidents include:
- Lacerations and contusions
- Broken or crushed bones
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Lost or amputated limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chest injuries
- Psychological trauma
Even when children are fortunate enough to escape a serious car accident with only minor physical injuries, they may deal with long-lasting accident-related psychological trauma. For some children, being involved in a car accident can cause depression, anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other conditions.
Non-Traffic Related Child Car Accidents and Injuries
Children can be victims of serious car accidents, even when they aren't passengers in a vehicle. Young people are often struck by vehicles and injured while walking, bicycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading. Backover accidents—where a vehicle backs over a child standing behind it—are also common. Without a strong exterior cage to protect them, child victims hurt in these types of accidents often have significant laceration, contusion, and abrasion injuries. Dental and facial injuries, internal bleeding, and organ damage are other possible injuries.
Potential Damages in Child Car Crash Cases
The health care needed to help a child heal after being seriously injured in a car accident doesn't come cheap. However, Delaware law allows personal injury victims to pursue compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages seek to compensate the child and their family for quantifiable losses, such as reasonable related medical expenses.
Non-economic damages have no monetary value and, as a result, are more difficult to quantify. Examples of potentially available non-economic damages for the child include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases where the liable party's conduct is deemed particularly egregious, the victim may also be entitled to punitive damages. Rather than attempting to compensate the victim for an economic or non-economic loss, punitive damages punish the defendant and deter similar behavior.
Filing a Car Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit in Delaware
If your child was injured in a car accident caused another driver's negligence, your child may be entitled to compensation. However, the time to act is limited. Waiting too long to take legal action may allow evidence to be lost or contaminated, witnesses to move or forget what they saw, or the time for you to file a claim to expire. Don't let this happen to your child. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney today.
Consult an Attorney About Your Car Accident Case
Navigating Delaware's personal injury legal system on your child's behalf can be both frustrating and confusing. Fortunately, the knowledgeable attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help child car accident victims and their families understand their legal rights and options, and guide them through each and every step of the personal injury litigation process.
Was your child injured in a devastating car accident? Do you have questions about seeking compensation on your injured child's behalf? Don't wait until it's too late to take legal action—contact the Morris James Personal Injury Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.