When Should a Child Return to School Following an Automobile Accident Causing Injuries?

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Education is key to the success and future of a child. Unfortunately, personal injuries resulting from bicycle, pedestrian, or automobile accidents tend to interfere with school attendance and homework at times. As a personal injury attorney, I am often asked the following question:

When should an injured child return to school following the accident?

There really is not one answer that adequately answers the question. Certainly, the parents should discuss the issue of school attendance with the treating physician. The doctor should work with the parents to help formulate a plan or date for the child to return to school and to other activities. A child can or should return to school when it is safe to do so. As long as the child receives medical clearance and is not put a risks for further injury, the child should return to school as soon as is possible and practical to do so. Another decision that a parent will face will be that of returning to in school activities like physical education and after school or extra-curricular activities like individual and team sports. A parent should also consult with the treating physician regarding these matters. It also makes sense to speak to the coach and an athletic trainer regarding the return to these activities. 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 Bills and Treatment, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.