There are approximately seven million car accidents reported to the police each year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of these car crashes involved children, as motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury for kids ages 12 and younger. In fact, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 121,350 children were injured—and 663 were killed—in auto accidents in 2014 and 2015 alone.
Being in a car accident can be an extremely traumatic experience—especially for children—and those who are fortunate enough to survive may struggle with long-lasting negative effects from the crash. If your child was injured in a car accident, here is what you need to know.
Making sure that children are physically safe is the first priority after a car accident and that means seeking immediate medical attention—even if the child appears uninjured or the injuries seem minor. Let the doctor examining the child know that they have been in an accident and ensure that visit is well documented. Follow the doctor's treatment instructions to the letter and follow up with the child's pediatrician.
Physical injuries aren't the only things a parent has to worry about after their child is involved in an accident. Children who were in serious accidents often develop psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that may require extensive therapy or psychiatric treatment.
Was Your Child Injured in a Car Accident?
If your child was injured in a car crash, expenses from needed medical care can add up quickly. However, if the accident was caused by another motorist's negligence, you may both be entitled to compensation. The knowledgeable attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can review your family's case and help you explore all your legal options. Contact the Morris James Personal Injury Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation by calling 302.268.6918.