As a parent, there’s nothing scarier than knowing your child has been injured. When injuries have been caused by another person’s careless actions, the situation is even more upsetting.
While the top priority is the health and well-being of your child, you should also take steps to hold the negligent party responsibility. Doing so ensures your child receives proper compensation, which is beneficial for covering medical costs related to the injury. Here are a few things to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident involving your child.
Even if you child appears unhurt, schedule a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not present until a few days after the accident took place. Others, such as head injuries, may carry complications that are impossible to detect without a doctor’s help. An examination provides peace of mind and allows your child to access the treatment they need. It also provides evidence of their injuries in the event you file an injury claim.
In most cases, the laws regarding personal injury of kids are the same as those regarding adults. There may be slight differences, such as the statute of limitations. Minors in New Mexico have until their 19th birthdays to file suit, as opposed to the standard three-year statute of limitations associated with personal injury cases. Cases may also be more complex depending on the circumstances. For example, if your child was injured at school, you must confer with an experienced law firm to determine the next steps.
If your child was injured in a car accident, take pictures of your vehicle and others involved at the scene. You can also take pictures of the road where the accident took place, including any hazardous conditions that contributed. If there are bystanders, ask if they’d be willing to give a statement. You can also request a copy of the police report from law enforcement officers at the scene. Regardless of the type of incident, be sure to request your child’s medical report detailing the results of their examination, as well as any treatments they’re undergoing.
Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. knows how upsetting injuries to children can be. That’s why we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victim, regardless of their age. We also have experience with school injuries, so you can rest assured that those who’ve lapsed in their responsibilities will be held accountable. Please call 505-343-1776 to discuss your case with our skilled and compassionate attorneys.