Children are extremely resilient. In part because they are still growing and developing, they can sometimes recover from injuries or illnesses more quickly than adults in a similar situation.
However, the potential for children to bounce back from an injury quickly doesn’t mean that a child’s injury is less serious or expensive than an adult’s. Therefore, an injury to a child can often result in substantial medical bills.
When a child gets hurt, it is often necessary for them to receive care from a pediatric specialist. Those with training in the pediatric medical sciences often charge a premium for their services. However, their expertise is often critical for the full recovery of your child. A pediatric reconstructive or plastic surgeon, for example, will be able to make neat and clean stitches to close up a cut on your child’s face that will drastically reduce the likelihood of them bearing a permanently disfiguring scar because of a childhood injury.
Further, when your child needs daily support, you may not be able to work. If your child has a serious injury that requires routine care, your family may not have the resources to hire a nurse. You may also not feel comfortable relying on someone outside your family to provide these critical services to your child. That could mean that you or your spouse wind up taking a leave of absence from your job or even resigning in order to stay home and provide the care that your child needs.
When evaluating a situation involving a child injury, looking at the long-term impact of the injury on your child and your family is of the utmost importance before you make any decisions regarding insurance claims, settlement offers and other compensation options.