When there is an automobile, trucking, bicycle, or pedestrian accident, children often times suffer personal injuries. Some accidents result in lacerations and injuries that require stitches or staples at an emergency room, urgent care center, or other location. When a child suffers laceration or scarring type of injuries, parents should take certain steps to make sure that the child receives appropriate medical care and follow up. Furthermore, documentation of the injuries is important for those pursuing insurance claims or cases on behalf of the injured child:
Fire Rescue / Paramedic / First Aid Care at Accident Scene. Emergency responders are often called to an accident scene to render medical care and evalution. If there is a lacreration or other open wound, it is important to have the laceration / wound cleaned and prepped for further care and follow up.
Emergency Room Care. Many lacerations and wounds are treated at a local emergency room. The care provided will depend on the depth, size, and severity of the injuries sustained by the child.
Photographs and Video of the Injuries. Photographs and / or videos of the injuries can help document the injuries for both the purpose of monitoring the progress of the injuries and for the purpose of documentation for the legal / insurance claim or case.
Follow Up Care – Pediatrcian / Family Doctor. If the injuries are minor, follow up can be managed by the pediatrician or the family care doctor. It is important to follow the instructions of the pediatrian.
Follow Up Care – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Many laceration and scarring type of injuries require the follow up by a plastric and reconstructive surgeon. The care and treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, the natural healing process, and the age of the child.
Additional Photograaphs and Video of the Injuries. It is often helpful to have photographs and videos of the injuries as time progresses.
Compensation for Lacerations / Scars. The amount of compensation that will be paid or awarded to a child with these injuries will depend on a number of factors including the following:
Location of Scar;
Age of the Child;
Gender of the Child;
Permanency of the Injury;
Size of the Injury;
Revisiability of the Injury;
Amount of Insurance Coverage;
Amount of Medical Bills;
Extent of Medical Treatment, and
It is most unfortunate when a child suffers a permanent injury or scarring as a result of the negligence of another person or business. Even injuries that resolve over time can be traumatic as well. When a child is injured as a result of the fault of another person, business, or government entity, it is often helpful to seek out legal representation for issues including medical bills, insurance, compensation, and other matters. David Wolf, an attorney based in Florida, has dedicated his entire legal career to protecting the enforcing the legal rights of children especially accident victims. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know -has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment / Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injuries. David Wolf is also the author of the recently published book – When a Parent’s World Goes from Full to Empty – The Wrongful Death of a Child – What You Know to Know About the Florida Wrongful Death Act. You can also get this book for free at When a Parent’s World Goes from Full to Empty.