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What to Do If Your Child Is Seriously Hurt in a Car Accident

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare—one of those horrifying moments that can change a family’s life forever. One moment, you’re driving along, child secure in the back seat—or so you believe—and the next thing you know, you’re sitting in a crumpled mess of a vehicle. You notice that your child is seriously hurt—how badly, you cannot yet tell. Nothing makes sense. You don’t know how it happened, and you don’t know who to blame. All you know is that your child is in pain or your child is seriously hurt in a car accident.

While it comes as little consolation, this scenario is actually more common than any of us would like. The New York Times reported that vehicle accidents comprise the largest number of child injuries—this, despite all our best efforts to make child car seats safer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 178,000 children under age 14 were injured in car crashes in 2015 alone—and 1,132 children died as a result.

Here’s some good news, however: You’re not alone. Knowledge is power, and we’re here to equip you with the knowledge you need.

Over the following series of posts, we’ll guide you step-by-step, navigating your way through the unthinkable, so you’ll know exactly how to help your child while restoring order to your family. We’ll discuss the following in detail:

  • Getting your child emergency medical attention—what you need to know
  • What to do at the accident scene to preserve evidence
  • Triaging details of your life in the midst of a crisis
  • How to choose the right attorney
  • Dealing with insurance
  • Working with your attorney to get compensation and justice for your child
  • Dealing with emotional/psychological fallout (both for you and your child)
  • Physical recovery
  • Getting back to normal or finding the “new normal”

Contact an Experienced Atlanta Accident Lawyer

Life happens. We can’t predict the future, and there’s only so much anyone can do to prevent an accident. But by the time we complete this series, you’ll have a thorough understanding of how to deal with injury, compensation, and recovery processes. You’ll know how to move forward if such an unwanted event ever rocks your world.

If your child has been in an injury accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can work with you to help obtain the compensation you need. For a free consultation, call Greathouse Trial Law at (678) 310-2827.

Riah Greathouse

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