Whiplash is a term used to describe an injury to the soft tissue in the neck, generally resulting from a rear collision when the neck suddenly moves back-and-forth. Pain resulting from this type of injury can last from weeks to several years.
In 1995, a Swedish study was published, indicating that children are two-thirds more likely to suffer a whiplash injury than adults when involved in a collision. However, very little attention is given to children who suffer from whiplash. Some estimates suggest that less than two percent of all whiplash literature is devoted to children.
Whiplash in children
If your child has been involved in a Florida car accident, and you believe that they have suffered a whiplash injury, it is critical that they get medical attention immediate. The dangers for children include the fact that:
Why children are more at risk
- The strength of a child’s spine is not as strong as an adult’s, putting them more at risk
- They are shorter, often times positioning them closer to an airbag, which can exaggerate the movement of the neck
- Young children lack the ability to voice their symptoms, making whiplash harder to diagnose
Since little attention is given to this type of injury in children, their symptoms and treatment is often overlooked and not taken seriously. Many insurance companies have refused to pay for treatment for children who have suffered a whiplash injury
Whiplash in children is often overlooked
An experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorney can advise you in your child’s rights. They can help you get paid for your child’s medical attention and hold the other driver liable for their damages. They can help you build your case and get the compensation that you and your family deserve.
Don’t let your child be victimized
If you or your child has suffered a whiplash injury resulting from a car accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.