What to Do After a Child Injury Accident
If your child is injured in an accident due to the fault of another individual or entity, as a parent you may wish to seek a personal injury claim on their behalf.
The first thing to do when a child suffers an injury is to seek medical attention. Seeking treatment is always the most important thing to do after suffering an injury, whether the injured individual is a child or adult. After medical treatment is received, the next step to take is to contact a child accident attorney.
Contact a Child Accident Attorney
It is important to contact a child accident attorney soon after your child sustains an injury because the insurance company may begin to contact you. If you have already hired an attorney to represent you and your child, your attorney will be able to handle all communication related to the case.
It is important to have an attorney communicate with the insurance company because if not, you could possibly jeopardize your child’s claim without even realizing.
When an insurance adjuster contacts you to discuss your child’s accident and injuries, their goal is to minimize the compensation that you will receive. The full time job of an insurance adjuster is to reduce the money that their company pays out, so when they have a conversation with you, they may attempt to get you to say certain things related to your child’s accident that may be taken out of context later on. However, if you hire a personal injury attorney early on in the process, you can rest easy knowing that a professional is working on behalf of your family to protect your child’s rights.
Child Personal Injury Lawsuit
After you have hired a personal injury attorney to guide your family through the legal process, we remind you to remember the below points:
- Complete all medical treatment – go to all follow-up doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions recommended by the doctor. This is in the best interest of your child’s health.
- Do not settle before treatment is complete – some people think that the initial settlement given by the insurance company is favorable, but this may not be the case. If injuries result in more months of therapy than expected or follow-up surgery, the initial settlement may not even cover all medical expenses. The time limit for a children’s case is generally until their 20th birthday, so there is plenty of time for them to get healthy before filing a personal injury claim
If you would like to learn more about the legal process that follows a child accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Contrada & Associates at 419.841.4400. It is important to have the guidance of a legal professional when dealing with issues that affect your child’s health and financial future.