What to Do If Your Child Is in a Car Accident

Having a child get injured in a car accident devastates the lives of their parents, other family members, and friends.

Your priority is always your child’s safety. But despite your best efforts, your child may be involved in a collision and suffer injuries. 

When the unthinkable happens, remember that you have options. As you help your child heal from their injuries, don’t forget about the financial compensation your child may be owed by the responsible parties.

What is the average settlement for a child in a car accident? Read on to learn more about what you and your child may be entitled to and how an attorney can help you. 

Calculating the Average Settlement for a Child in a Car Accident 

Understandably, a parent or guardian may be eager to learn a “tried and true” number for the value of their child’s personal injury case. However, there is no average car accident settlement for a child. But we do know the factors that go into determining a settlement amount. 

Severity of Injury 

Unsurprisingly, an accident in which a child suffers severe injuries requiring long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy will have a higher settlement value.

For example, if a child suffered a permanent injury and now needs the help of mobility aids, the settlement will likely be very high.

Quality of Life 

Imagining the detrimental effect a traumatic car accident has on a child is heartbreaking for a parent. The greater the disruption to your child’s quality of life due to their injuries, the higher the settlement award.

For example, a case is valued higher when an injured child cannot socialize or engage in the same activities they did before their accident. 

What’s the Value of Pain and Suffering for a Child in a Car Accident? 

After your child is in a car accident, compensation for their pain and suffering may be on your mind. Compensation for pain and suffering falls under the umbrella of non-economic damages, which cover the psychological and emotional effects of a victim’s injury.

Examples of non-economic damages include the following:

  • Pain and suffering; 
  • Permanent disability; 
  • Emotional distress;
  • Anxiety and depression, and
  • Diminished quality of life. 

Children are at significant risk of emotional distress following a car accident. They have to deal with not only their physical injuries but also the psychological trauma of the collision.

A child with a broken leg after a car accident will undoubtedly have physical pain. But they will also suffer emotionally.

The trauma of the crash may cause a youngster to have an extreme fear of cars, resulting in a refusal to ride in a vehicle. It is common for a child to undergo counseling to help them heal emotionally from their experience. 

We Are Here to Help Your Family 

At Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP, our relationship with our clients is a sacred trust. We are committed to advocating for our clients and are mindful that we represent individuals who have been wronged, injured, and lost loved ones.

Our extensive experience leaves us well-equipped to handle all kinds of personal injury lawsuits. We are serious about getting justice for our clients.

We carefully evaluate each case that comes through our door and never treat our clients as just another number. Our consultations are always free, and we never take a fee unless we obtain a settlement or judgment on your behalf.

Contact us today by phone or email to find out how we can help you.

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Joshua Lee believes in aggressive, tough advocacy and a client-centered approach to every case. Joshua draws from a wide body of experiences and a robust understanding of the law. Joshua graduated from the New York University School of Law in New York City, which is considered among the best law schools in the world.