Do you know what to do if you or your child is injured in a car accident?
20-50 million Americans suffer from car injuries every year, which results in disabilities.
Injured in a Car Accident?
Are you wondering what to do when injured in a car accident? Not to worry! In this guide, we’ll go over what to do after your child’s been in an accident.
Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out.
Check on Your Child
After the accident, try to assess how your child is doing. If they appear injured or unconscious, don’t remove them from their booster seat or the car.
Doing this could worsen any present injuries. Call 911 (or your country’s emergency response number) for help and wait for the first responders to arrive.
Try to keep them calm as you wait for the first responders, and ask them to stay seated until they arrive.
Seek Medical Treatment Right Away
Spinal injuries, internal organ damage, or brain injury might not show up right away. Younger children and infants can’t express the pain that they might be feeling.
Make sure a doctor examines your child after the crash. Continue to check on them for a few weeks following the accident. Stay on top of the recommended medical care so your child can make a full recovery.
If you were also injured, complete the exercises recommended by a physical therapist. Encourage your child to continue their activities, so you can both recover.
Get a New Car Seat
Even if the accident was minimal, consider buying a new cat seat right away. You might not see the damage done, but for peace of mind, replace it. Your insurance company might even provide funds for this cost.
Get an Experienced Lawyer
If you are injured in a car accident, work with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer after the collision. They will collect information and evidence to prove the other driver’s negligence.
They will also negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. This way, your child’s financial and medical needs get met.
Insurance Companies Want to Settle Fast
Insurance companies want to get claims involving kids settled as fast as possible. They know that parents will work hard to pursue a personal injury claim on behalf of their children.
The insurance company will try to settle the claim fast with a low amount. Make sure you consult an attorney beforehand. Ask your attorney to deal with the insurance company, so they don’t take advantage of you.
Settlements Involving Minors
Settlements that involve minors are a lot more complicated compared to others. A car accident settlement over $10,000 needs to get approved by the court. Some cases with settlements below that amount still need to get approved.
Funds then get held in a restricted bank account and get monitored. Work with an experienced attorney who has worked on cases involving children. Learn more about getting a settlement for a child.
Now You Know What to Do When Injured in a Car Accident
We hope you found this guide on personal injury accidents helpful. If your child becomes injured in a car accident, get an attorney right away.
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