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Child Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. In 2018 over 97,000 children age 12 and under became injured in car accidents. Children are often more susceptible to brain and spinal cord injuries, especially if they are not properly strapped into their car seats when the accident occurs. That year, 636 children died in motor vehicle collisions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Watching a child suffer from injuries caused by a preventable car accident can be devastating for parents.

Common Injuries Sustained by Children in Car Accidents

Every car accident is different, and children can suffer a wide variety of injuries during a car accident. After a car accident, the parents should immediately call 911 and request emergency medical services. Many injuries are difficult to detect, especially internal injuries, such as brain injuries or internal bleeding. Children often lack the communication skills to property articulate their injuries so it is imperative that the parent advocates a thorough medical examination on their behalf.

It is always wise to seek out a comprehensive medical evaluation for your child so that you can understand the extent of his or her injuries. Receiving prompt medical treatment can improve your child's long-term outcome and help you build your case against the at-fault driver who caused your child's injuries. Obtaining a comprehensive medical evaluation, including blood tests, x-rays, and photographs after the accident, can help you understand the full extent of the child's injuries.

Head And Neck Injuries

Head and neck injuries are some of the most common, yet devastating injuries suffered by children in car accidents. Head injuries include concussions, whiplash, contusions, traumatic brain injuries, and skull fractures. The force of a car accident can cause a child's head to whip forward and back harshly, causing tissue and nerve damage in their heads and necks. Debris such as glass or metal may cut into their heads, causing brain hemorrhages or bruising.

Severe traumatic brain injuries can cause temporary symptoms and permanent developmental problems. Children who experienced a severe traumatic brain injury can suffer permanent developmental problems, cognitive difficulties, and behavioral problems that require constant caregiving or supervision. When children experience severe traumatic brain injuries, they may also develop cerebral palsy and require mobility assistance for the rest of their lives.

Airbag Injuries

Children who are riding in the front seat of a vehicle are more likely to suffer airbag injuries than those in the backseat. When children sit in the front passenger seat, the airbag can cause devastating injuries, such as broken noses, broken cheekbones, and even broken necks, because they are so small. Some motor vehicle manufacturers include airbags throughout the vehicle, not just in the front dashboard. When these airbags are defective or not working properly, they can make a child's injuries worse or cause new injuries that could have been prevented.

Car Seat Injuries

When car seats function correctly, and parents strap in their children correctly, they can prevent serious injuries and death in car accidents. Unfortunately, manufacturing defects have occurred that result in children becoming injured or dying in car accidents. If you suspect that your child's car seat malfunctioned during your car accident, resulting in your child's injuries, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

Glass Injuries

Children can suffer dangerous lacerations when cut by a broken window or windshield. When children experience deep lacerations on their faces, they could experience permanent scarring and risk dental injuries or other types of facial trauma. Lacerations can often lead to permanent disfigurement. In severe cases, debris or glass can cause injuries that require surgeons to amputate a child's legs or arms.

Chest Injuries

Even when children are properly restrained in their car seats, they can still suffer injuries. In some cases, children suffer thoracic trauma, including lung injuries, internal bleeding, and rib fractures. All of these injuries are dangerous and could require multiple invasive operations and medical procedures to treat. These injuries and subsequent surgeries can cause children significant pain and suffering.

Contact Us Today

If your child has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver. Whether you seek compensation from an insurance company or plan to bring a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys can help. Contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC, today to schedule your initial consultation.

For your convenience and safety, we now offer video and phone conferencing. If you prefer an in-person consultation, we have three easy to reach locations in Uptown Charlotte, Monroe, and Mooresville. Contact us today at 704-370-2828 to learn how we can advocate for you and your child.

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