According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety there was a total of 42 automobile accident related deaths of children zero to fifteen throughout 2011.
Having a child injured, or worse suffering from a fatal injury, is every parents worst nightmare. Furthermore, every hour of the day there are almost 150 children under the age of 19 treated in the emergency room for injuries. These injuries may often live a lifetime with that child whether physically or mentally.
Has your child been injured in an automotive accident that was caused by another motorist?
The car accident attorneys at O’Connor Acciani & Levy believe that if your child has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, you may have the right to obtain compensation benefits. Our attorneys will work vigorously to obtain the maximum compensation benefits for your child’s injury or accident fatality, so you can focus on recovery rather than worrying about how to pay for the situation.
We proudly offer 100% FREE case reviews to determine if you have grounds to file a claim and we only ever get paid when we win.
Common Injuries To Children In Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that children that sit in the front seat are twice as likely to sustain an injury as children seated in the back seat during an accident. This is largely due to the fact that airbags produce a tremendous amount of force during an auto accident and were not intended to be used with small children.
Some common injuries to children include:
- Airbag Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial disfigurement
- Loss of Limb
- Damaged Nerves
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
As these are all terrible accident injuries which may occur to children during car collisions, the worst types of injuries which can occur include spinal cord injuries and wrongful death. Spinal cord injuries can cause your child to suffer from paralysis, which limits their movement and sensations below the point of injury or death which ends that child life.
Preventing Car Accident Injuries To Children
In order to make an attempt at lowering the number of car accident injuries to children, there have been four types of car seats created according to the child’s size and age. These car seats will follow the children from the time they are born until the point at which they can wear a seatbelt on their own.
The different stages of car seats include:
- Stage One Stage one car seats are known as Rear-facing car seats and are intended for infants ranging between five and 22 pounds.
- Stage Two Stage two car seats are known as front-facing car seats and are intended for children between twenty two and forty pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that parents keep the car seat rear-facing until the child is two years of age.
- Stage Three Stage three car seats are forward-facing car seats and use a five point harness to help you child remain secure. Once your child is over 40 pounds, the five point harness can be converted to reposition in your cars existing safety belts.
- Stage Four Stage four car seats are intended for children forty to one-hundred pounds and are forward facing seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended using a belt positioning booster seat which repositions the seat belt correctly for your child’s size. Although these seats may not have a back, they assure the seatbelt crosses the lap and chest.
No matter which stage your child may be, several studies indicate that it is always advised to seat your child in the back seat to prevent injuries or possible death. To assure your child gets the proper protection, our attorneys have collected a list of car seat manufacturers.
Car Seat Manufacturers Information
In order to select the correct type of car seat for your child, our attorneys have collected a list of car seat manufacturers. These companies will all explain which type of car seat is correct for your child along with specific features which can be added to each car seat.
Some car seat manufacturers information includes:
By taking advantage of this list, parents will be able to further research which type of baby seat can help them to keep their baby safe during an accident.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys believe that if your child has been injured in a car accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for losses and damages. These losses and damages may include; lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and funeral expenses.
With offices throughout the state of Ohio and Northern Kentucky, our attorneys are able to provide services to clients throughout the entire state and elsewhere.
Some of the local locations we serve include:
Our attorneys also serve the cities, towns and suburbs of the surrounding areas. If you would like to obtain more information about our attorneys, or need assistance in recovering the compensation you deserve, we welcome you to contact us today at (877) 288-3241.