Injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to The National Center for injury Prevention and Control. Children unfortunately have a higher risk of injuries from car and motor vehicle accidents than adults do. This is due in part to the smaller stature of children that makes them more vulnerable to certain injuries.
Some injuries to children involved in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Airbag injury
- Asthma attacks
- Bone fractures
- Dental injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
Head injuries are of particular concern with children injured in motor vehicle accident and are the most common injuries sustained by children in motor vehicle accidents. Head injuries can be difficult to detect because some neurological deficits resulting from head trauma may not manifest for many years until the child reaches adolescence when higher level reasoning develops. For this reason, it is very important to seek immediate medical treatment if your child was involved in a motor vehicle accident. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Given your child’s limited ability to articulate how they are feeling following an accident, do not delay in bringing your child the emergency room to be properly checked out and then also make a follow up appointment with your pediatrician. Seeking medical attention not only ensures the health of your child but also provides you with the documentation needed for our attorneys to formulate a strong case for your child’s injuries.
How to Prevent Injuries to Children in Car Accidents
Parents and drivers play a vital role in assuring our children are safe. Making sure children are properly buckled in age and size appropriate safety seat, such as car seats, booster seats or seat belts significantly reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries in any motor vehicle crash. It is equally important to ensure the safety seat is properly installed and the child is properly secured in a safety restraint system that is appropriate for them based on their age and their weight.
We recommend following the installation instructions provided in the car seat or booster seat’s owner manual. We also advise driving your local fire department or the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to have the seat inspected to ensure it is safely installed in your vehicle. Additionally, it is a good idea to consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is in the right safety seat and to know when to transition your child. Click here for more information on how to properly install and secure your child in a safety seat.
Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney
There is no denying that a motor vehicle accident presents several significant challengers for those involved as well as their families. This is especially the case when a crash involves a child. If you child has been injured, a claim or lawsuit result in compensation for the cost of past and future medical treatment, loss of normal life, pain and suffering, and many other forms of compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
For families who lost their child in a motor vehicle accident, no amount of money can undo what happened or alleviate the anguish. However a family may get some level of closure when negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. Being compensated for the damages in relation to the wrongful death can also help relieve families of financial stress and place a role in the grieving process.
The accident attorneys at Stein and Shulman, LLC understand the devastating impact a motor vehicle collision can have on the life of a child as well as the lives of the child’s loved ones We have represented those injured in car accidents for over forty years and we are here to help your family through this difficult time. Call us today at (312) 422-0500 for a free consultation.