Many times, especially in the area of research and coverage, whiplash in children is overlooked. No matter how old your child is, they are at risk of suffering a whip lash injury in a Bucks County car accident every time they get in a car.
Whiplash occurs when the soft tissue in the neck becomes injured. It generally occurs when there is a sudden back-and-forth movement of their head, commonly experienced in rear collisions. The pain can last from weeks to many years.
Facts about children and whiplash
If your child has recently been involved in a car accident, there are many things you should know about whiplash, such as:
The spine of a child is not as strong as an adult’s spine. A six year old’s spine is approximately 25% of the strength of an adult’s
Whiplash in children may be harder to diagnose, since young children have a harder time describing their symptoms
Children are smaller, and being closer to the airbag can result in an exaggeration of the movement of their neck
Less than 2% of whiplash literature focuses on children
Avoiding a whiplash injury in your child
Helping protect your child is paramount. When traveling with a child, make sure they are sitting in the back and away from the airbags, and are properly buckled in their car seat.
Whiplash in children is often times overlooked
Unfortunately, children who have suffered from whiplash have been overlooked statistically and by insurance companies. Many insurance companies refuse to pay for treatment for children who have suffered this type of injury.
Don’t let your child be ignored if he or she suffers a whiplash injury. An experienced Bucks County car accident attorney can help you build your case and hold the other driver liable for your child’s damages. They can also deal with the insurance company on your child’s behalf and make sure you get the compensation they deserve.
You may have a lot of questions about your child’s accident case. Call us today to order your free copy of our book, How to Maximize Your Pennsylvania Car Accident Case Before an Insurance Company Takes Advantage of You.
If you or your child has suffered a whiplash injury as a result of a car accident, contact one of our experienced Bucks County car accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.