Dealing with a Child Injury After a Car Accident in Atlanta (Part A)

Sheryl L. Burke
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According to a 2010 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, injuries sustained as the result of a traffic crash are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to find yourself dealing with a child injury after a car accident in Atlanta, especially when you pause to think about the small size, fragility, and constant development of children. No wonder they’re more vulnerable than adults to permanent disability or death as a result of their injuries. For this reason, when someone else’s actions cause a child’s personal injury, an attorney in Georgia may help you ask some pointed questions.

Types of Child Injury in Car Accident Cases

Because children are small and should be kept in a car seat or other form of restraint, there are noticeable patterns in the types of injuries they sustain.

Some of the most common child injuries associated with car crashes are: 
  • Head trauma – by far the most common injury to children after crashes; contusions (bruising) and deep cuts are seen most frequently, with those less than one year old the most vulnerable to concussion.
  • Broken ribs – a major risk factor for punctured lungs.
  • Abdominal injuries – often a result of a child restraint or seat belt digging into the stomach at the moment of impact.
  • Spinal cord injuries – risk increases with age. 

Not every child will exhibit the same symptoms when impacted by one of the above-mentioned injuries. For instance, one child may exhibit signs of stomach tenderness if dealing with an abdominal injury while another may not. Another child may seem lethargic or dazed if a head injury has occurred, while another may act moody or irritated.

While treatment for your child should begin at the scene of the accident, medical care may be needed for in the coming months or years. When another individual's actions are the cause your child’s condition, a personal injury attorney who assists Georgia parents dealing with these injuries is a good starting point to help you figure out what to do next. 

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