Children can be uniquely impacted by car accidents for many reasons. The first is their small stature. The second is that their bodies have not yet developed fully, leaving them more susceptible to some types of trauma. And the third is that they may not understand how to process their emotions or even describe physical discomfort after a crash.
As a result, children’s car accident injuries do not always mimic those of adults, but it is just as that they be diagnosed and treated. Waiting too long to address a child’s post-collision medical needs can lead to long-term health difficulties. If you are a parent, you will want to stay aware of the most common types of physical and psychological injuries suffered by minors involved in car accidents.
The physical injuries often reported in kids who have been hurt in crashes include the following:
Like their parents, children are not immune to the psychological fallout from a sudden car accident. Plenty of kids internalize the experience or start to exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. For instance, some children who have been involved in crashes may have trouble sleeping, may cry for no reason, may be unable to keep up with schoolwork, or may change personalities.
It can be tough to compel insurance providers or courts to cover psychological injury treatment after a child has been in a collision. However, it is a fight worth having to help offset the costs associated with helping an injured child lead a healthier life. Many parents work with car accident lawyers to help recover economic and non-economic (a.k.a., “pain and suffering”) damages after their children have been hurt in crashes.
How can you help your child stay safer as a passenger in your vehicle? Although it is impossible to prevent all accidents, you can take a few steps to make your travels safer.
Of course, if you get in an accident while your child is in the car, you may want to take him or her to receive medical attention immediately. Be sure to attend to any medical needs you have as well. Getting the care you and your family deserve is integral to putting an accident behind you.
Was your child injured in a car crash? Put the power of our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. on your side. Call our firm at 302-656-5445 or fill out our online form to set up a meeting at our Millsboro or Wilmington, Delaware offices. We handle cases from Dover to New Castle County and Sussex County.