What Should a Parent Do When a Child is Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Seeing your child get hit by a car is perhaps one of the scariest things you will ever experience. It’s something parents caution their children about constantly—“Look both ways before you cross,” “Wait until the walk signal,” “Never cross without an adult!” are just a few of the admonitions parents say on a near daily basis.
But no matter how hard you try to keep your children safe accidents inevitably happen. Perhaps they get hit the one time they didn’t triple-check at a walkway, maybe they crossed safely but were in the path of a driver checking their phone, or perhaps a careless driver blew past the bus’s stop sign. Regardless of how your child was hurt in a pedestrian accident, taking the right steps is key to protecting them and your family’s legal rights.
Seek Medical Care Immediately
No matter how minor the accident appeared or how much your child insists that they are fine, get to a doctor as soon as possible. Adrenaline can dull the pain receptors, an evolutionary remnant that let prehistoric humans flee wild animals after an attack without having pain slow them down. Now, we rarely need that particular skill, but research shows that pain levels can get substantially worse after adrenaline levels drop. Your child’s immediate pain level does not necessarily reflect their injuries.
Second, note that children may downplay their pain level for a number of reasons. Maybe they don’t want to look weak in front of other people, maybe they have something coming up that they are looking forward to, or maybe they are afraid of going to the doctor.
Take pictures of the crash scene, any signs that may indicate a lower speed limit or bus stop, and road conditions. Get the other party’s contact information and insurance information, as well as contact details for witnesses.
Maintain Thorough Records
Keep copies of any paperwork you get from the doctor and any other medical professionals you see for your little one’s care. If you have any contact with your own insurance company or the other party’s insurance company, take notes on each call. Document your child’s pain levels each day.
Get in Touch with an Attorney As Soon as Possible
A child getting injured is a worst-case scenario for an insurance company, so you can expect them to get in touch with you fairly quickly after the accident. Their goal is to get you to settle for a low amount and sign a liability waiver before you know the extent of your child’s injuries. You need an attorney who can protect you from these efforts and fight for the compensation your family deserves.
Insurance companies are focused on making money above everything else, and they may not offer a truly fair settlement until you bring an attorney to the table. Choose a personal injury attorney with previous experience in pedestrian accidents, especially those affecting children.
Prioritize Your Child
It can be difficult to navigate everything you have to do during this time, but don’t get tangled up in the legal and insurance matters. Your attention needs to be with your child, who is likely traumatized and in pain after their accident. That’s one of the main reasons you should hire an attorney. You can trust them with the legal and insurance side of the accident while you tend to your child, ensure that they are healthy, and help them process what happened.
Pack Law Group is Here to Help You
The costs of recovering from a child’s accident can be extraordinary. Not only do children often require specialized medical care for a substantial period of time after an accident, this process often requires that at least one parent takes time off of work. Paid time off runs out quickly, and some parents even face the loss of employment because they have to attend so many appointments and stay home with their child.
You should not have to shoulder these costs alone, especially if the other party is fully responsible for the accident. Get the help you deserve by calling Pack Law Group. We are ready to fight for you and your child. Call our team at 540-586-7225 or fill out our contact form to get started.