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When a Child Is Injured in a North Carolina Car Crash

There is nothing more frightening to a parent than seeing their child hurt. Unfortunately, even though you may do all you can to protect your child, far too often another party’s negligence or recklessness can cause an accident that results in injury. Because children are smaller than adults, their injuries are often more serious or severe and can cause issues with their physical and/or mental development, as well as cause chronic pain and suffering for the child. If your child has been injured in a crash caused by another party, contact our office to speak with one of our North Carolina injury lawyers.

National Statistics

The national data regarding children and car accidents is alarming. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 115,000 children are injured in car accidents each year. Almost 1,000 children 12 years old or younger are killed every year in crashes. Tragically, the CDC has found that one-third of all children killed in car accidents were not properly restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. More than half of all car seats and at least 20 percent of booster seats are misused in such a way that could reduce their effectiveness in the event of a car accident.

However, there are many children who suffer car accident injuries who are properly restrained in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. The most common injuries that children suffer in vehicle accidents are to their head, chest, back, and internal injuries to organs. Sadly, many of these injuries end up affecting the child for the rest of their lives. For example, if a child suffers a brain injury in a car accident, that trauma can have a severe impact on their brain development as they grow older.

Whether the injuries to the child are minor or serious, parents should consult with a car accident attorney to find out what steps they can take to make sure that all medical expenses for the child, both current and future, are taken care of by the party responsible for the crash. There are many other damages that the child may be entitled to receive financial compensation for. Your attorney can explain what those damages are for your specific case.

 Contact Us Today for Assistance

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney from Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. It is critical to remember that North Carolina has placed a statute of limitations on how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay. Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries. The statute of limitations in accidents involving children do have different rules that your attorney can explain to you.

Contact our office today at 800-752-0042 to set up a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our dedicated Carolina accident attorneys. You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, scarring, and disfigurement. Call our office to find out how we can help.

 

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