What To Do If Your Child Was Hurt In a Car Accident
Experienced Nashville lawyer who holds negligent drivers accountable
As parents, we would do anything to protect our children from harm. But on the roads of Tennessee, it only takes one negligent driver to cause a car accident. As a result, a child who was a passenger in the car accident can be left seriously injured. The life of your son or daughter can change in an instant and you may not be sure what to do next. It’s important to get experienced legal representation to protect your child’s rights.
At The Law Office of Eric Beasley, we know there is no worse feeling than learning your child has been harmed. Attorney Eric Beasley is both a father and an attorney who has helped many families through a difficult time. He offers compassionate and determined legal guidance to help you hold negligent parties accountable.
We understand the consequences of car crashes involving children
Because their bodies and minds are still developing, children are at increased risk during a crash. An injury to a minor child in a car accident can impact their development for the rest of their lives. Injuries seen among children in accidents include:
- Head injuries (including concussions)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Broken bones
- Eye or ear injuries
- Injuries to the chest and upper body
- Lung injuries
- Internal bleeding
It’s important to get medical attention for your child as soon as possible following a car accident. You can take your child to the emergency room of a local hospital or an urgent care center. You can then follow up with your pediatrician or family doctor. A doctor can diagnose your child’s injuries and begin treatment.
A doctor will also document your child’s injuries. This documentation will be valuable evidence when you file a claim for compensation.
What is the average settlement for a child injured in a car accident?
Each case is different, but an attorney can go over the details of your child’s accident and give you an idea of how much compensation you may be able to recover. There are many factors that determine the final outcome, including the severity of your child’s injuries, the impact injuries have had on their future, and insurance policy limits.
In general, you can seek compensation for your child’s current and future medical expenses related to the accident. This includes the cost of any medical equipment or home or vehicle modifications that were needed. You can also seek compensation for other damages such as pain and suffering a child experienced as a result of the car accident.
Do I need a lawyer if my child was hurt in an accident?
There is no requirement to have legal representation when dealing with insurance companies. But there are some things you should keep in mind. The insurance company is not on your side, nor on your child’s side. Their goal is to pay as little as possible to protect their bottom line. Their adjusters and attorneys have many tactics they use to try to limit compensation.
You need an attorney who will fight for what’s in the best interests of your child. Attorney Beasley knows that your child’s future is at stake and will not settle for excuses from the insurance company. He fights to hold negligent parties accountable and help your child recover the financial compensation that is deserved.
What if my son or daughter was killed in a car accident?
Sadly, injuries suffered by children in car crashes are sometimes fatal. Nothing can bring your child back, but you can take steps to hold the negligent party accountable. As a parent, you have the right under Tennessee law to take legal action. You can seek compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses related to injuries your child suffered in the accident, and other damages such as mental anguish and loss of love and companionship.
Attorney Beasley can help you file a wrongful death claim. We can investigate your child’s accident to gather evidence that helps us build a strong case. Attorney Beasley is determined to help you get justice and will guide you through the legal process every step of the way.
A car accident attorney who stands up for families
Car accidents involving children can be difficult for many reasons. Attorney Beasley understands that injuries in a crash can impact children physically and emotionally – and also have a financial impact on your family.
We know you are likely feeling upset about what happened and possibly confused about what to do next. You likely have a lot of questions about how to help your child after a car accident, from paying medical expenses and finding the right doctors to whether you need to replace a car seat.
It’s important to get legal advice as soon as you can. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for taking legal action after a car accident is just one year from the date of the crash. Plus, it can take time to build a case, and evidence can be lost as time goes by.
If your child was injured in a car accident in Nashville or anywhere in Tennessee, attorney Beasley can meet with you to discuss your legal options and answer your questions. There’s no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need to decide what to do next. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.