In Key Biscayne and other South Florida communities, serious injuries happen every day in car accidents, truck collisions, slip and fall incidents, sports injuries, and other types of incidents. Catastrophic injuries are always devastating, but they can be even more so for children.
Childhood injuries can impact a child’s entire life. Since children are still developing, a serious injury can impact their growth and development. In addition, young children may struggle to understand a serious injury and may suffer emotionally from the pain and fear.
If your child has had a serious injury, you will of course want to help them by getting them quality medical care. However, it is also important to help a child cope with their injury. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Talk to your child often. Your child may have questions they have a hard time articulating or they may feel emotions they’re having trouble processing. Talk about how they are doing often, and allow them to ask questions and to talk to you about the injury at their own pace.
- Get your pediatrician involved. Your pediatrician can also talk to your child and may be able to help you find resources if your child needs additional support. Your child’s doctor may also be able to help explain injury in a way that is helpful.
- Keep an eye on schoolwork. Keeping up with schoolwork while healing from a major injury is a challenge, but school and homework can provide a soothing routine once your child is ready. Keeping up with learning is also important for your child’s development
- Create feel-safe routines. Regular routines with comforting rituals like reading together can give your child some structure and can help them predict at least part of their days.
- Make sure people around your child know. Talk to your children’s teachers and friend’s parents. Often, others don’t know how to respond to a serious injury, so helping others know what to say can encourage them to stop by and offer support so your child feels less alone.
- Create a support network. If there are other children in your community who have the same injury, it can be useful for your child to talk to them. It can be reassuring to see others dealing with a serious injury.
- Notice sleeping and eating patterns. If your child is having trouble sleeping or is eating less or more, this can be a sign they are struggling. Any changes in personality, mood, normal interests, or any new symptoms should be checked out by your pediatrician. They can all be symptoms your child is struggling.
Getting Help For Your Child
A serious injury can affect your child’s life permanently. Your finances and life will also be impacted and of course you want to provide the best care possible for your child. If your child’s injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, one way you can do this is by filing a legal claim, which allows you to seek compensation for lost income, medical bills, and other expenses. Pursuing compensation may allow you to pay for quality help for your child.
You can find out whether you may have a claim in a free, no obligation consultation with Flaxman Law Group. Just call us at 866-352-9626 to speak to a live or contact us online for your free consultation. Our team has more than 60 years of experience and so far we have recovered over $100 million for injured South Florida residents.