Why getting compensation for your child is key after a crash

If you’re like most parents here in Spartanburg, then your children are probably incredibly important to you. If you could, you would do anything for them, including taking their place in the event of an injury-causing accident. Unfortunately, real life does not allow us to trade places with people, which means parents must do the next best thing after a serious accident: seek compensation for their child’s injuries.

From car accidents to cases of premises liability, injuries caused by someone else’s negligence happen all the time in South Carolina. In a number of cases, victims could be children who do not have enough life experience to know that they could be entitled to compensation for their injuries. That’s why it’s important for parents to not only know their own rights but the rights of their child as well.

As you can imagine, the severity of a crash will determine the severity of a person’s injuries.  From broken bones to traumatic injuries, even the most minor of injuries may require medical treatment as well as time to recover.  In some cases — such as with internal injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder — injuries may not be visible right away, even though they may be just as devastating as the ones you can see.

For children, traumas to the head are particularly harmful because they can have both short- and long-term effects on brain development.  Although most people know how problematic a brain injury can be for an adult, brain injuries in children are often considered far worse because, depending on where the damage occurs, the injury can significantly impair nerve development.  This can have long-lasting effects on a child including developmental delays and learning deficits.

As you can see, getting compensation for your child may be necessary after a serious accident, especially when one considers the long-term medical costs associated with accident injuries.  Calculating fair compensation can be difficult though without the right legal background, which is why many parents turn to the help of a skilled lawyer when presented with such a sensitive situation as this.

Source:  TIME, “Study: Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning,” Alice Park, Jan. 23, 2012

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