The safety of your child is of major importance. When others threaten that safety through negligent acts, such as an at-fault auto accident, you may desire to hold those parties accountable.
Thankfully, you have the ability to seek restitution through a personal injury claim. If you believe your child may have sustained brain injuries from the accident, keep a few important things in mind.
Symptoms to look for
Depending upon the age of your child, he or she may not be able to verbalize if something is wrong physically. However, you can look for a few common symptoms of brain trauma, such as:
- Unable to console the child
- Continuous crying
- Inconsistent sleeping, eating or nursing habits
For children who are a bit older, you may look for signs of dizziness, speech impediment, oversleeping or mood swings. Other changes in behavior or mood may be worth examining as well.
Seeking medical treatment is one of the first things you should do after an accident. Even if you do not detect any immediate physical signs of trauma, it does not mean they are not there. A trained physician knows what to look for in these cases and may be able to catch a sign that you are not privy to. This would also be applicable to adults.
Physical exams throughout a child’s life, especially through high school, are important for overall health. Symptoms from various injuries and illnesses may develop over time. If you establish a primary physician who sees your child regularly, the physician will be more likely to catch and identify possible medical issues that the child may have. In some cases, the physician may be able to administer treatment to help decrease or eliminate the effects of the issue.
Your child’s health is vital, and when it is compromised unnecessarily, you should receive just compensation. In building a strong case, it is important that you collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim.