If your child was hurt in a car accident, their claim has some special features and concerns you need to know about.
In many ways, a child’s claim for personal injuries is the same as a parents, but there are some key differences.
The younger the child, the more important it is to pay close attention to their behavior and complaints, as they may not be able to fully explain what hurts, or how bad the pain is. A crying child may be in pain, but where is located, and what does the pain feel like? They may not be able to tell you.
That’s why it’s important to have your child’s pediatrician perform an exam as soon as possible. Even if you’ve already gone to the ER or an urgent care, and even if you already have a referral for a specialist like an orthopedist, it’s a good idea to keep the pediatrician in the loop.
For kids that are in school, you need to stay in touch with teachers and monitor their performance and school behavior.
Finally, be aware that, the more money you recover for a child, the more likely that money is going be held in trust. Most insurance companies will try to put the money in an interest-bearing account in the county clerk’s office, but you have other options, including structured settlements, which can be of much more benefit to the child in the long-term.
The personal injury lawyers of the Miller Law Group have over 50 years of combined experience in dealing with personal injury claims for children. Don’t let an insurance adjuster talk you into a plan of action that doesn’t really benefit you or your child. Contact our office for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 919-348-4361. Put our experience and commitment to work for you and your family.