What is the Average Settlement for a Child in a Car Accident?
November 22, 2022
As with any car accident case, potential compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries. No one can estimate the average settlement for a child in a car accident, but a lawyer with our firm can help you determine which damages you can seek.
You may be able to collect damages for both economic and non-economic losses.
Potential Awards for Your Child’s Injury
When your child suffers injuries in a car crash, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Immediate medical treatment, including emergency room visits
- Diagnostic tests, such as X-rays
- Doctor’s appointments
- Specialist’s appointments
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Psychological therapy
In addition to your child’s medical expenses, you may also qualify to receive non-economic damages for their pain and suffering. If you had to miss work to take your child to the doctor, you might also be able to seek compensation for this loss, as well.
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Injuries That May Gualify You for Compensation
Car accidents can lead to severe injuries for children. Children are at risk of suffering the following injuries in specific types of crashes:
If another motorist struck you from the side, known as a lateral-impact crash, they could suffer injuries to their head and thorax.
If your child was involved in a frontal car accident, they could suffer spinal and orthopedic injuries.
Children Riding in the Front Passenger Seat
If your child was riding in the front passenger seat while the collision happened, they might have suffered worse injuries, including thoracic, abdominal, orthopedic, and pelvic injuries. Any of these injuries can cause severe medical conditions that can affect your child’s development—and cost your family a considerable amount of money.
You may want to consider the effect these injuries will have on your child’s future when seeking a settlement.
Determining Who is Liable for Your Child’s Injuries
There may be multiple factors that contributed to your child’s injuries. When filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, consider the following parties that may be liable for your losses:
When car accident claims occur, insurers will investigate the cause of the accident to determine which party is at fault. If another driver’s negligence comes to light, you may be able to pursue their insurance provider for damages.
In some states, you may have to go through your own insurance policy to make a claim, even if you were not found to be at fault for the accident.
A Car Manufacturer
When parents shop for vehicles, they may choose to purchase a car that boasts side airbags. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these airbags provide extra protection for passengers in the back seat, though they are not required by state or federal law.
An investigation into your car accident may reveal that the side airbags failed to deploy, causing your child to suffer worse injuries in the collision. Additionally, if a side airbag malfunction caused it to deploy randomly, this can also cause injuries for back-seat passengers.
A Company Employing the at-Fault Driver
If a truck driver or rideshare driver struck you, for example, the company that employed them might also be liable for your losses. A lawyer with our firm can help you determine who is responsible for your child’s injuries and pursue a fair settlement or court-awarded offer.
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Taking Action with a Claim or Lawsuit
When seeking compensation, you may begin with an insurance claim, but an insurer may offer you a settlement that does not fairly cover your losses. Be aware that you usually lose the ability to sue the liable party later on once you accept a settlement offer.
We can help you determine what a fair settlement would look like in your case and negotiate for it. If we cannot reach fair compensation through negotiation, we could file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue your due. If you lost your child in a car accident, we can help you navigate the process of filing a wrongful death claim.
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There Is a Timeline on Car Accident Lawsuits in Nevada
NRS §11.190(4)(e) states that victims of personal injury accidents have to file their lawsuits within two years of the event. Otherwise, they lose the opportunity to fight for compensation. However, you could extend the timeline because your child was involved in your accident.
Our Team of Attorneys Can Help You with Your Case
We can calculate your losses and help you recover fair compensation. You just focus on tending to your child’s needs; leave the legal process to us. We work on contingency so that we can get started on your case immediately.
Researching the average settlement for a child in a car accident will not get you any closer to determining what your specific case is worth. Instead, take advantage of our complimentary consultation when you call Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 707-5934 and learn about your case value then.
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