If your child sustains injuries from a major accident due to the negligence of another, our Rancho Cucamonga child car accident attorneys can assist. We will pursue the compensation and justice you and your child deserve. Call us at (855) 578-1529 to speak to a lawyer free of charge.
Anyone can experience injury in a car accident, yet some people are more likely than others to sustain harm. Among all age groups, children involved in car accidents are especially prone to experiencing injuries in a crash even when the proper precautions are used.
How to Protect Your Child in a Car Accident?
Compliance with required safety provisions has increased drastically in current years. Nevertheless, proper safety procedures are still a significant concern and source of child injuries in car accidents.
The most common safety methods created to keep children safe include using:
What to Do After Your Child is Hurt
Seeing your child hurt in a car accident, regardless of who caused the accident, can be hard. It will probably cause a parent stress, but it's important to stay calm so you can help your child. Here what you need to do after a car accident:
If your child seems seriously injured, the first thing you need to do is get them medical care as soon as possible by calling 911. While there are a lot of important things to be done at the scene of the crash, receiving medical care and making sure everyone is safe should be your top priority.
Next, even if there are no major injuries, you still want to call the authorities to make a traffic collision report. Do not anyone at the scene of the accident talk you out of reporting the accident to the police. Not reporting the collision to authorities can create problems with your accident claim down the road. For example, there are now some insurance policies that will not offer coverage if the authorities aren't contacted within a certain amount of time.
Exchange contact info with the other drivers and get their insurance information. This is really important. Ask to see and photograph their driver's license and insurance card so you know the information is correct.
If your child seems okay, you should collect some evidence of your own before heading off to the hospital to be looked at. Take as many photos as you can of the accident. Take pictures of your car and any other cars that were involved, your injuries, and also the surrounding area.
Talk to independent witnesses and get their contact info if you can. Encourage close-by witnesses to remain at the scene and talk to the investigating law enforcement officers. In a disputed liability claim, an independent witness can win your case.
Lastly, you'll want to begin looking for a lawyer. It's important that you hire an attorney before speaking with the insurance companies. The insurance provider of the at-fault party will start working against your interests right away. An adjuster might try to take a recorded statement, or could also attempt to trick you into signing a release of claims for a lowball settlement.
What Compensation Can You Get?
An injury to your child can be pricey. You might stress over the amount of financial debt an accident can generate. However, your lawyer is there to help be sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Compensation is separated into two different classifications, economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages consist of particular monetary losses that you experienced due to your child's injuries. This can consist of any medical costs, such as ambulance rides, surgery costs, doctor's appointments, and even therapy (both physical as well as mental). You can also receive compensation for any earnings you may have lost while taking care of your recovering child and any childcare costs also.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, compensation for long-lasting disability and disfigurement, along with any other non-monetary damages that impacted your child's life. While a claim for an adult would consider the quality of life before and after the accident, it can be more difficult to calculate pain and suffering values for a child. Frequently, these values can be higher, as the injuries can be much more damaging and have a greater emotional effect on children.
In this situation, your lawyer would consider how the injury will likely impact your child's future, and how their life will be different moving forward. Have they missed a lot of school? Are they going to physically recover completely? Are they going to have ongoing pain and discomfort? Basically, rather than just looking at their past, we also look at their future and how it may be affected by their injuries.
What to Do When Children are Involved in Car Accidents in Rancho Cucamonga?
Like adults, the laws in Rancho Cucamonga give children the right to pursue compensation for their injuries if they are harmed in a car crash caused by another's carelessness. This might be the negligence of another motorist or even the driver in the car with the child, depending on the accident and the situation that resulted. The important thing to know is that if your child has been injured, your child and your family may have a claim for damages. You should speak with a Rancho Cucamonga child car accident lawyer to learn more concerning your options.
At the First Law Group, the client comes first. Contact us today for a free case evaluation where we will discuss your health needs first, then get you the compensation you deserve.