Accidental injuries can happen to anyone at any time. However, minors seem to be particularly susceptible to unexpected injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in a single year, 9.2 million children ages 0 to 19 received treatment in emergency rooms for accidental injuries. Additionally, more than 12,000 children tragically died as a result of injuries.
It is devastating for any parent to learn of an injury to their child. The priority should always be to get your child the medical diagnosis and treatment they need for the most favorable prognosis possible. Once your child is in stable condition, you should then learn about your legal rights and options in the wake of the accident.
At Brauns Law, PC, we represent injured clients of all ages – including children and their parents. We can help in a variety of situations involving minor injuries, disabling injuries, or fatal injuries. Our compassionate attorneys know how to provide the legal support and representation your family needs, so please do not hesitate to contact our personal injury firm to discuss your specific situation.
Common Accidents for Children
Children do not always recognize the risks of certain decisions or actions. Additionally, many children may become victims of the negligent acts of others whom you trusted to care for your child and keep them safe. The following are only some common ways that children get hurt.
Bicycle accidents. Learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage for many children. Once a child learns to ride on their own, they may take their bike around the neighborhood, to a friend’s house, or may even ride to and from school on a daily basis. Anytime your child rides a bike near a roadway, they are at risk of getting hurt in a bicycle collision.
Though drivers in Georgia should always share the road with cyclists, many drivers act negligently in ways that lead them to crash into someone on a bicycle. This can include:
- Distracted driving
- Dangerous passing
- Failing to yield
- Not obeying traffic signals
- Not checking mirrors before pulling out of a parking spot or opening a door
Even if a parent reviews every possible safety tip for their child when riding a bicycle, they still cannot stop drivers from acting negligently and colliding with their child.
Bicycle accident injuries can be severe, as a child has little to protect them from the moving car. Even a helmet cannot provide complete protection from head trauma and brain injuries. Children in bicycle accidents often must deal with a variety of traumatic injuries and a long recovery time.
Pedestrian accidents.The risks of pedestrian accidents for children are similar to the risks of a bicycle accident. Once a child is old enough to walk down the street or play outside on their own, they are at risk of pedestrian accidents. Drivers may be distracted, impaired, fatigued, or may violate traffic laws and may crash into a young pedestrian. These accidents can happen to children on the sidewalk, in parking lots, or even when crossing the street in a crosswalk.
Children walking have even less protection from injuries than on bicycles. When a 3,000-pound car crashes into a little body, you can imagine the range of traumatic injuries that may result. Such injuries can include:
- Crushed or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal injuries
School bus injuries.Many parents send their children to school on the bus, which transportation agencies consider to be one of the safest vehicles on our roadways. The reputation for safety does not change the fact that school bus accidents and injuries do happen, and your child could be a victim.
School bus-related injuries can happen in a number of ways, including:
- The bus collides with another vehicle or object
- The bus rolls over onto its side
- Your child suffers injuries while boarding or exiting the school bus
- Your child suffers injuries due to inadequate supervision on the bus
Whether your child sustained injuries in a bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, bus accident, or any other type of traffic accident, the law firm of Brauns Law, PC, can review what happened and evaluate your rights to compensation.
How an Injury Can Affect Your Child’s Life
While many people may think of children as more resilient than adults, you should remember that a child’s body is still developing and certain injuries can affect them in severe ways. For example, if a child fractures their ankle, they may fracture their growth plate and may need multiple surgeries to ensure their bones grow properly. A brain injury can result in unexpected and lasting effects for children, due to the brain not being fully developed.
Injuries to children can cause many losses, including:
- Expenses for emergency room visits, hospitalization, physical therapy, and all other types of medical treatment
- Time away from school, including being held back or having to attend a special school
- Lost future opportunities due to lasting cognitive or physical impairments
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Permanent disabilities or disfigurement
If another party caused your child’s injuries, that party should compensate your child and your family for all losses incurred. Negligent parties can include drivers, teachers, schools, companies, and more. To ensure you receive the full financial recovery your family deserves, you should seek assistance from an attorney familiar with Georgia laws regarding injuries to children.
Contact a Gwinnett County Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The personal injury attorneys at Brauns Law, PC, help injured accident victims of any age. We understand how serious injuries to children can be and will stand up for your rights under Georgia personal injury law. Consultations are always free with no obligation, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office to learn more.
When your child is suffering, we know you want to dedicate your full attention to their care. This is why we handle all aspects of your legal case and insurance claim for you. Please call (404) 975-2576 or contact us online today.