An accident may result from a moment's carelessness, but it can leave a family changed forever. When the injured person is a child, serious injuries can lead to a lifetime of special needs.
Recently in Charlotte, an 11-year-old girl was injured when she was struck by a car while walking to her bus stop. Family members told reporters the girl had just stepped off the curb to cross a street when the car appeared as if from nowhere.
News media said the girl was taken to a nearby medical center. Her condition was reported as stable, but doctors said she had swelling on the brain.
Reports said the driver of the car remained on the scene until an ambulance arrived, and was cooperating with police. Investigators said they had not yet determined if the driver was speeding or had broken any other laws. No charges have been filed as yet.
Swelling on the brain can be serious and brain injuries are notoriously difficult to detect and treat. Swelling can lead to a lack of oxygen to parts of the brain, which can cause permanent brain damage. The effects can be mild or severe, but even mild cases can lead to lifelong problems, requiring expensive treatment. Many people who live with brain injuries are unable to hold down a job, and their family members may need to provide care for them around the clock.
While nothing can turn back time and make it as though a serious accident never happened, a personal injury lawsuit can help the injured and their families to cope with the aftermath of an injury. Attorneys with experience in personal injury claims can help the injured and their families to understand their legal options.
Source: WSOCTV.com, "11-year-old trying to get to bus stop hit by car in north Charlotte," Alexa Ashwell, Oct. 4, 2016