Ocala, Florida is home to nearly fifty thousand residents. As of the 2000 census, approximately 23.2% of these residents were minors under the age of eighteen. With so many residents, Ocala has a fair amount of traffic accidents, and unfortunately, some of its eleven thousand children will be injured in car accidents. If your child has been injured in an auto accident, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with the unique needs of children. The aggressive attorneys at Meldon Law will protect your child’s right to be compensated for his or her injuries.
How Can I Protect My Child from Being Injured in a Car Accident?
In May 2010, the National Highway Transit Safety Administration published a study on children under the age of eight who were involved in motor vehicle crashes. The study reported that:
- Use of child safety seats is effective in reducing the rate of incapacitating injuries for all age groups (up to eight years old), and in any crash type.
- Head injuries were the most common injuries sustained by children in motor vehicle accidents. Children under the age of one had higher rates of both head and thoracic spine injuries – and rib fractures – than older children. Lung injuries (including contusions and lacerations) were more common in children older than one.
- Injury outcomes for children can be worse than the outcome for similar injuries in adults. This is especially true of head injuries, as traumatic brain injuries can lead to symptoms that do not appear for years after the accident. This is because a child’s brain is still developing, and the deficits may not be noticed until those cognitive skills are expected to appear later in life.
So what can you do to protect your child’s health, safety and legal interests both before and after a car accident?
- Always be sure to use appropriate car seats, child restraints, and other safety measures. These devices have repeatedly been shown to reduce the impact of injuries a child sustains in the event of an auto accident.
- If your child is involved in a car accident, ensure that he or she receives all necessary medical attention. This goes beyond immediate emergency care. Be sure that any and all appropriate follow up services are rendered, including: neurological consultations, cognitive testing, neuropsychological services, and educational testing. These tests and services will ensure that any latent effects of the car accident are identified and treated appropriately.
- Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the auto accident. He or she will protect your child’s right to be compensated for all of his or her injuries – including the ones that cannot be seen immediately after the accident.
Contact an Experienced Ocala Auto Accident Attorney Today
If your child has been involved in an auto accident, contact Meldon Law at (352) 614-3705 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced, aggressive attorney. Our friendly, professional staff will deliver the personalized service you and your child deserve during this difficult time.