What Happens When a Child Has Been Injured in a Car Accident?

What Happens When a Child Has Been Injured in a Car Accident?

Despite the protection offered by youth car and booster seats, there is still a chance a child may still suffer injuries in the event of a car accident. When a child is injured by the negligence of another party, parents and their attorneys are able to recover financial compensation on behalf of the child.

If your child has been injured in a car accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical treatment for their injuries. Once the child is cleared in the ER to be released home, the child’s regular pediatrician should be visited as soon as possible in order to examine the child with the medical history of the child which only his or her regular pediatrician possesses.

Taking your child to the pediatrician is the most effective and helpful way to begin the personal injury claims process. The examination from the pediatrician provides an informed “baseline” of the child’s accident injuries as compared to his pre-accident condition, as well as a recorded account from the parents in regards to how the child is acting and responding at home. Regular checkups will document the child’s profess for the injury claim and, perhaps, provide any sign which may require the medical help from a specialist in pediatric neurology or orthopedics in the child’s recovery.

Insurance companies who handle children injury claims often rush to settle, even when the pediatrician isn’t sure that the child has recovered completely or has progressed in the recovery process to determine if the injury is resolved or will be an ongoing issue for the child. It is important for parents to resist the pressure of the insurance company to settle their child’s claim.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver in New Mexico, contact our Albuquerque personal injury attorney at Berenson & Associates, P.C. and schedule a case evaluation today.

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