Serious accidents affect adults and children alike. From motor vehicle collisions to other types of accidents, kids can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. These accidents can be devastating, especially when they happen because of another party’s negligence. Childhood injuries can result in lifelong disabilities and decades of costly medical care. I want to make sure we hold the negligent party accountable for your child’s severe injuries.
Whether your child recently got hurt in an accident or you need assistance seeking compensation for child injuries, I can help you with your claim. In the meantime, the following are some key things you should know about child injuries in accidents.
Many Accidents Result in Child Injuries
There are many different kinds of accidents that can result in severe child injuries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 12,000 children between the ages of 0 and 19 die every year as a result of an unintentional injury. Generally speaking, male children have higher rates of injury deaths than female children, with males sustaining fatal injuries in accidents at about two times the rate of female children.
Similar to adults, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among children, primarily when kids are occupants of motor vehicles. Yet kids also suffer higher accidental injury and death rates in bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Other common causes of accidental injury and death among children include drowning, suffocation, and falls.
Kids Can Suffer Catastrophic Injuries
Many of the types of injuries that children sustain in accidents are catastrophic. The CDC lists the following as some of the more frequent types of catastrophic injuries that can affect kids:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions;
- Burn injuries;
- Fractures or broken bones; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Child Accident Claims Usually Have the Same Statute of Limitations
If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit after your child sustained injuries in an accident, you should know that the statute of limitations that applies to accidents involving adults will likely be the same statute of limitations for kids. Under Ohio law, most injury lawsuits need to be filed within two years from the date of the accident. If a claim is not filed within that time window, the claim can become time-barred according to Ohio law. However, there are some exceptions, and you should have me assess your case as soon as possible to be sure that your claim gets filed in a timely manner.
Contact Me to Learn More About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When it comes to accidents, it is critical for parents and caregivers to understand that serious accidents do not just involve adults—they can involve children, too. Whether you need assistance filing a motor vehicle accident claim after a collision that caused your child’s injury, or you want to learn more about child injury claims involving medical negligence, I can help you seek financial compensation. From negligent motorists to negligent healthcare providers, I’ll Make Them Pay!® 877.944.4373.