What You Should Do After Your Child is Involved in a Car Accident
Local 10 News recently reported that five children had to be taken to hospital after a recent school bus collision. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has stated that a tractor-trailer and pickup truck were also involved in the early morning collision that occurred just south of Lake Okeechobee near the Hendry County line. In addition to the fact that all five children who were on the bus at the time of the crash were taken to a hospital, a man was also airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
No parent wants to contemplate the fact that a young loved one could be injured in an accident. But unfortunately, you may not be able to stop every car accident from happening.
How Often Are Young Children Injured in Car Accidents?
According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 150 children between the ages of 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in car crashes every single hour. Sadly, injuries related to car crashes cause more fatalities among children than any other type of injury.
What Should I Do After My Child is Involved in a Car Accident?
There is a clear risk of significant injury for children who are involved in car accidents. Therefore, every parent and caregiver of a child should understand the steps that he or she can undertake in the days following one in order to help preserve the ongoing health of young loved ones. These steps include:
- Obtain immediate medical assistance. Even if you aren’t present when the accident occurs and your child wasn’t taken for emergency medical care, obtain medical help as soon as you can after your child is back in your presence. Even if your child does not have obvious injuries, that doesn’t mean he or she isn’t injured.
- Continue looking out for signs of injury as time passes. Especially in young children who cannot yet talk, you should look out for signs such as excessive crying, vomiting, and changes in mood, behavior, or sleep. If you notice anything that makes you suspicious, immediately obtain additional medical care.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While you can pursue a claim on your own, you should understand that the chances of obtaining the compensation that you and your child deserve are always better when you have an experienced legal team on your side.
Has Your Child Been Injured in an Accident?
Despite your best efforts to keep the smallest members of your family safe, your children can be injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence. We understand how difficult it is when a child is injured in an accident and we can help you hold the responsible parties accountable while you focus on helping your child heal. Additionally, here in Florida, you do not need to prove that the other driver or another third party was completely at fault for the accident and you may be entitled to recover even if you were partially at fault. As the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping young car accident victims, as well as the surviving family members and loved ones of those wrongfully killed in automobile collisions, seek the fair compensation they need and deserve. Contact us today and we will begin discussing your options to help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to.
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