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Children's Auto Accident Injuries

North Georgia Children's Auto Accident Injuries Lawyers

According to the CDC, motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States between ages 4-12, and the number two cause of death among children ages 1 to 4.

Think you have a case?

There are two claims filed when a minor becomes injured in a car accident: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to a child’s reduced ability to earn a living in the future. This claim belongs to the child and does not expire until the child’s 20th birthday. Non-economic damages refer to the emotional stress caused. This claim belongs to the parents and compensates them for reasonable expenses, such as medical expenses paid between the date of the child’s injury and their 18th birthday. This claim must receive settlement or get filed as a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident, or it will likely get barred forever. It is vital that before you file a claim, you can confirm that your child was safely secured in the car seat, booster seat, or seat belt at the time of the accident.

What do I need to know?

1 - Your medical condition: Seek appropriate medical attention immediately. Many injuries and their symptoms do not show up right away, so you must be thoroughly examined. Brain injury is a common injury and one of the leading causes of permanent disabilities or death in infants and children. This injury often has delayed effects, so you must remain aware of your child’s developing cognitive abilities following the accident. Below is a list of signs and symptoms of brain injury in children for reference.

2 - Your evidence: Always call the police and gather information, as there could be important evidence at the scene that needs to be preserved. Examples include photos of vehicle damage and debris, videos of witnesses providing statements, photos of skid marks indicating speeding, and photos of the positioning of the vehicle. It’s also important to note any useful information including how fast you were going, where the accident took place, who you were with, what the weather was like, descriptions of the road and traffic conditions, the full names, addresses and phone numbers of passengers, witnesses, and drivers, insurance information from other drivers involved, and any other details you can remember. Do not give recorded statements to the other party’s insurance company or investigator without having your law firm involved.

3 - Your position: Answer all appropriate questions pertaining to your loss. Did you have to take off work a few weeks to recover? Are you now permanently disabled? Did you have to change jobs? Have you endured prolonged physical pain? Did you lose a loved one? The answers to these questions will help in building your case. Even if you are unsure if the accident was your fault, it is important not to admit guilt until an attorney investigates your case.

Symptoms and Signs of Brain Damage in Infants:

Brain damage can occur from either blunt force trauma to the infant’s head, or from a difficult labor that results in the infant losing oxygen. If you believe your infant may be suffering from brain damage, it’s important to know the symptoms, although some symptoms may not appear until several years after the brain injury.

Some of the first signs and symptoms of brain damage can be detected shortly after birth by looking at the infant’s physical appearance. Although not always present in all infants who suffer from brain damages, some of the typical symptoms and signs immediately after birth include:

  • Abnormally large forehead

  • Distorted facial features

  • Seizures

  • Problems with feeding

  • Child brain injury recovery

  • Abnormally-shaped spine

  • Difficulties in focusing the eyes

  • Neck stiffness

  • Troubles with sleeping while lying down

  • Unusually small heads (more prominent in smaller infants)

  • Infants with brain damage may also exhibit an abnormal temperament, with symptoms including Excessive crying, Excessively fussy for no apparent reason

When it comes to long term effects of childhood head injuries, the consequences of those injuries can range from mild to severe, and recovery can be difficult to predict for each child. With early diagnosis and ongoing therapeutic intervention, the severity of these symptoms may decrease. Symptoms can vary significantly depending on the extent and location of the brain injury. Impairments in one or more areas are common so it is important to be familiar with what those are. Traumatic brain injury resources for parents can be found at Brain Injury Association of America.

Physical, cognitive and emotional impairments include:

  • Speech delay

  • Mood swings

  • Hearing

  • Slowness of thinking

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Motor coordination

  • Spasticity of muscles

  • Paresis or paralysis

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Lowered self-esteem

  • Seizure disorders

  • Difficulty controlling emotions

  • Short term memory deficits

  • Vision problems

  • Impaired concentration

  • Self-centeredness

  • Limited attention span

How can you help me?

You can count on us to deliver only the best legal representation for your child! We will listen to your story, assess all evidence, guide you on the best legal path, and help you recover all that you are entitled to.

What should I do now?

Leave it to our child car accident attorneys at Leibel Law to advocate for your child. Schedule your free consultation today!

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