A car accident is especially traumatic when a child is involved. A serious injury can greatly impact your child’s future if the injury requires continuous medical and personal care. When a child does not survive his or her injuries, your loss will live with you forever. A car accident that harms or kills your child and that is due to a drunk, distracted, or otherwise careless driver demands justice.
If this happened to your child, our Orlando child injury lawyers can help you. Call Michael T. Gibson, P.A., today for a free case evaluation at (407) 490-1271, or contact us online today. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
What Are Serious Child Injuries From Car Accidents?
A traumatic accident can seriously injure children of any age, no matter how safely you secure them before driving. The forceful impact of a crash may result in life-changing injuries for your child.
Young children are resilient; regardless, watching your child endure painful procedures or a prolonged recovery is never easy. Depending upon the severity of your child’s injuries, he or she may require extensive—and expensive—care for the foreseeable future. The following types of serious injuries are possible for children involved in severe accidents:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI): A traumatic brain injury is a bump, blow, jolt, or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function.
After a TBI—even a “mild” one—you might suffer from:
- Hearing or vision changes
- Third nerve palsy
- Weakness in extremities
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), children who experience a brain injury can experience memory loss for a year or longer. Additional changes in behavior and emotions are also possible, potentially causing your child to exhibit acts of anger and depression.
Spinal cord injury: Research by the NIH shows that motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in children. Approximately 25 percent of children experience what the NIH refers to as transient symptoms. While a child may experience weakness and spinal column pain, the full onset of the injury may not appear for 30 minutes to four days. Transient symptoms make an immediate diagnosis difficult, according to the NIH.
A spinal cord injury is especially devastating for children whose mobility becomes reduced or dependent upon others. The use of a power chair and home modifications for the chair is expensive. Throughout the years and as your child grows, you will have to replace the chair and adjust other accommodations.
Many other serious injuries can affect your child throughout his or her life.
The impact on an injured child’s life is often more than just physical. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children can result in the following behaviors:
- Nightmares or trouble sleeping
- Intense fear of and anxiety
- Constantly reliving the event
- Denying that the accident ever happened
If your child suffered a serious injury due to the careless actions of another driver, fight for justice. The injuries that your child experiences may change him or her from the happy child you remember from before the accident, and that is not fair.
As personal injury lawyers, we understand what a stressful time this is for you and your family. Missing time from work and learning to care for your child can take a toll on even the strongest parents or guardians. Let a member of our team review your case for free.
What Are Common Types of Car Accidents?
When you travel with children in your car, you are transporting very precious cargo. You may take extra precautions and follow child safety laws regarding seating requirements. No amount of defensive driving or precautions can prevent a reckless driver from crashing into your vehicle.
The most recent data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) shows that more than 400,000 crashes occurred throughout the state in just one year alone. A serious car accident can happen in a second due to one or more of the following careless behaviors or actions by another driver:
Texting behind the wheel – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that texting behind the wheel involves all three forms of distraction:
Approximately nine people die each day in the United States and another 1,000 suffer injuries in crashes involving distracted drivers. Texting behind the wheel is just one form of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving include reaching for items and eating while driving.
Speeding and running red lights – Speeding and running red lights are just two examples of aggressive driving. This form of dangerous driving can escalate into road rage, placing other drivers at risk of serious harm.
Driving while sleep-deprived – Busy schedules, a lack of sleep, and possible undiagnosed sleep disorders can cause a sleepy driver to drift into your lane. There is often no time to avoid the collision.
No one should experience serious harm due to a driver who decided to drive despite feeling tired. If this happened to you, and your child experienced serious injuries, you should pursue justice and compensation for your child’s injuries.
Drunk driving – Drunk driving continues to plague our nation’s highways and city streets. Drivers—including underage teens—take chances behind the wheel, ignoring stricter laws and public safety campaigns. If a drunk driver failed to turn over his or her car keys to someone else, and if this poor decision changed your child’s life forever, contact Michael T. Gibson, P.A., for a free case evaluation without delay.
A Florida driver’s license is a privilege and not a right. At Michael T. Gibson, P.A., our team aggressively holds individuals responsible for your child’s injuries accountable for their actions. When someone fails to share the road responsibly, those actions may result in a criminal charge. A criminal case, however, will have little bearing on your civil action.
A car accident involving children is a traumatic experience for everyone, even the first responders that arrive at the accident scene. Do not let your case go without a free evaluation. You may be entitled to certain damages, including mounting medical costs, along with pain and suffering and other types of compensation.
What Happens When a Car Accident Proves Fatal?
The tragedy of losing a child in a car accident is heartbreaking. There is generally nothing anyone can say or do to ease your pain. However, you may qualify to file a wrongful death claim and lawsuit.
It goes without saying that no amount of money can replace your child. Compensation may, however, help ease your financial stress and serve as a form of justice.
While each case is different, the types of compensation typically awarded in wrongful death cases include:
- Reimbursement for the final medical expenses associated with your child’s fatal injuries
- Funeral and burial costs that cost thousands
- Loss of companionship
Other types of compensation are possible, depending upon the details of your case. Wrongful death cases are often quite complex and emotional. Hiring a child injury attorney for legal representation will allow you to focus more on your grief and less on your case.
At Michael T. Gibson, P.A., our focus is auto accident cases. We are here to help you through this difficult time. If you have lost a child in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, reach out to a member of our team without delay for a free case evaluation.
Do Insurance Companies Have Your Best Interests?
If an insurance company makes you an offer to settle soon after an accident, do not accept it. Insurance companies typically want to settle cases quickly and for the least amount of money possible, as their primary goal is to protect their bottom lines.
When you hire legal representation from Michal T. Gibson, P.A., we work hard to protect your best interests. We stand firm in our negotiations with insurance companies and constantly seek a fair settlement for our clients. Many child injury cases settle out of court; however, if we cannot secure an acceptable settlement, we are ready to take your case to trial.
Who Are Your Orlando Child Injury Lawyers?
An especially violent car accident may leave you—and your child—with devastating injuries. This places an extra emotional and financial burden on your family, as medical bills continue to increase. If you find yourself in such a situation, a child injury lawyer from our firm can help.
The fast-paced experience of a car accident and the aftermath may leave you feeling overwhelmed. The days and weeks that follow often blend into one another as you struggle to keep track of medical appointments and procedures. If the accident resulted in a fatality, your grief may leave you unable to function, much less keep track of dates and deadlines.
Time is important when it comes to filing a child injury or a wrongful death lawsuit. The statute of limitations is a state law regarding the time allowed for filing a civil action. If you miss this deadline, you may miss your opportunity to pursue compensation forever.
Our team does not want this to happen to you. We will carefully track all deadlines for you. Knowing you have placed your case is in good hands and that someone is at work on your behalf allows you to better focus on your child and his or her needs, as well as your own needs. The emotional stress associated with seeing your child severely injured can take a toll on your own health, and the medical costs associated with a serious injury or a death can far exceed any personal savings you may have.
When the injuries your child has suffered resulted from the negligence of another driver, the driver should pay the medical costs. As auto accident lawyers, our team knows the various ways that insurance companies try to deny, delay, or underpay on auto accident claims. We also know that accepting an insurance company’s initial settlement offer may appeal to you; however, do not accept or sign anything until first consulting with an attorney.
Should You Contact Michael T. Gibson, P.A.?
It is easy to put off making a simple phone call or completing an online form. When it comes to securing legal representation, place this important action at the top of your to-do list. Contacting us immediately following your child’s accident will allow us to access important evidence while it is still fresh. From witness statements to accident scene photos and police reports, we need time to review everything in fine detail.
Do not speak with insurance company representatives. They do not have your best interests in mind. If your child suffered serious injuries due to the actions of another individual, contact Michael T. Gibson, P.A., today for a free case evaluation. If we take your case, you will owe us nothing up front. Rather, we collect our fee from any final compensation ultimately awarded to you.
Pursuing justice is not easy, and each case is different. The outcome of your particular civil action will depend upon the details of your case. You must act quickly due to the statute of limitations.
Personal injury cases are allowed four years from the date of injury, while wrongful death cases are allowed two years from the date of death. This time can pass before you know it. Let us help you navigate the civil action process by providing strong legal representation for your case. What happened to your child may require a long recovery or may result in a permanent disability. Whether you were traveling to the park, to school, or to visit grandparents, the injuries that your child suffered demand accountability and possible compensation.
Call Michael T. Gibson, P.A., today for your child’s Orlando auto accident injuries. We will work hard to secure the best possible outcome for your case. While we are aggressive and firm in our approach with insurance companies, we are compassionate with our clients. Learn more by calling us now at (407) 490-1271, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation.
Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney
2420 S. Lakemont Avenue
Orlando, FL 32814