Did you know that car accidents are the #1 cause of accidental injuries to children? Even with our modern use of car seats and boosters, children still take the brunt of crashes. Due to their size and how the fit in a car, their injuries can be more severe, and the repercussions long-lasting.
Children, especially young children, frequently lack the ability to tell us what is wrong and what hurts. In toddlers and children under 10, sometimes all they can explain is that something hurts. They may be able to point to what hurts, but they lack the vocabulary or world knowledge to give us context (when does it hurt? what makes it worse? what makes it better? does it hurt all the time? sometimes?) For these children, recognizing their limitations is key to helping understand their injuries.
In very young children, we see their injuries only in how they change from before to after the accident. We need to look at changes in sleep patterns, toileting, eating, tolerance of activities. They can’t tell us what hurts, so we need to watch them closely to understand them and help them.
Parents are rightfully worried about injuries to their children. Any parent will tell you that they would gladly switch places with their children if it meant protecting their children from harm. Sadly, when car accidents happen, frequently both parents and children are injured.
We understand the complexity of injuries to children at Jacobs Injury Law, S.C. We have handled many cases involving injuries to children, from car accidents to dog bites to medical malpractice. We offer experience and compassion, and are prepared to help parents at every turn as they work to heal their injured children.
Call Jacobs Injury Law, S.C. at (414) 306-8999 or click here for a free, no-obligation consultation. As parents ourselves, we understand your fears and desire to help your child. We are here to help you.