Many people experience car accidents in California, however, when a child is involved in the accident, you may feel even more terrified and overwhelmed. While some of the steps will be the same, it is important to highlight both the physical and emotional challenges of handling a car accident involving children.
Physical Injuries of Children in Car Accidents
In some ways, children are more resilient than adults physically, and in other ways, they are much more fragile. Make sure to contact 911 immediately after any car accident involving a child and ask whether or not you should move the child for their safety. If you have any indication that the child is badly injured, make sure that you tell the 911 operator in order to get a better answer as to whether or not you should move the child away from the accident scene. Once the ambulance and medical professionals arrive, they will have the expertise to provide a complete medical evaluation and make the determination whether or not the child should be taken to the emergency room.
Seek Medical Attention for the Child
Even if the EMTs indicates that there is no medical emergency, you should still consider taking the child to their healthcare provider to receive a full medical evaluation. In some cases, serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or internal organ damage do not show symptoms until hours or days after the accident. Take the time to make sure that your child receives a complete and full medical evaluation to ensure that they do not have any hidden or serious injuries. In some cases, a child will experience a rush of adrenaline which can mask symptoms or pain following a car accident.
Consider Obtaining Psychological Counseling for Your Child
In many cases involving serious car accidents, children can suffer from psychological damage or even post-traumatic stress disorder. Children often do not understand the experience they suffered in the same way that adults do and need time and assistance to process the fear that they have following a serious car accident. Make sure to get the physical and emotional help that they may need after a car accident. In order to obtain compensation from an insurance company for both physical and psychological injuries, make sure to keep a record of all of your medical appointments and any bills you incur.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you had a car accident involving a child, you likely feel scared and unsure of your next steps. We want to help you through this traumatic time. Our experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose can help you understand the types of compensation you may have a right to receive for both you and your child after your car accident. Consider visiting with our personal injury attorneys and legal team at 415-946-8900 or online today.