Spinal cord injuries can be difficult for victims but especially for a child. The younger a child is, the more difficult it is for them to deal with and recover from a spinal cord injury. Children are still learning to coordinate their bodies, so an injury that is neurologic can have devastating consequences. Unlike an adult who has learned basic skills, a child may never learn these skills and may require around-the-clock attention. A spinal cord injury can result in a loss of quality of life and requires special care. There are also expensive medical costs that can overwhelm any family financially.
Accidents That Cause Spinal Cord Injuries in Children
For children who are busy and active, minor bumps and bruises are common. However, some accidents are more than minor mishaps. It’s possible for children to suffer spinal cord injuries when:
- Playing on a trampoline
- Diving in a swimming pool
- Playing sports
- Falling from a jungle gym or swing set
- Being involved in a motor vehicle accident
Injuries to the spinal cord can cause arm, leg, and entire body paralysis. Children with a spinal cord injury may lose muscle function, the ability to breathe on their own, and control of their body functions. Not every injury is the same, and not every child will have the same problems resulting from the trauma.
Know Your Legal Rights
A spinal cord injury can have a traumatic impact on both the child and the family. If your child suffers this type of injury, you will likely need to consider long-term care, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment. If your accident was caused by another person or entity and you file a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Home nursing care
- Pain and suffering
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Modifications to your house
- Child care
Since a spinal cord injury can affect your child for life, you should consult with a trusted attorney who can help you understand your rights. Your attorney can negotiate any claims with insurance companies or fight for fair compensation in court.
Contact a Florida Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
If your child has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Browning Law Firm for help. There are never any legal fees unless you receive compensation for your case, and we offer a free consultation with no obligation. To set up a consultation, contact us online, or by calling our office.