A study led by Dr. Harsh Grewal, a pediatric surgeon at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital in Philadelphia, and recently published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, recommends that children involved in a car accident with any sign of external injury such as bruising should be immediately evaluated for vertebral, spinal cord and intra-abdominal injuries.
As Dr. Grewal explained, "unless physicians are diligent, spinal-cord injuries are hard to diagnose in children. In the event of a car accident, seat belt injuries such as bruising and tenderness should warrant a search for other injuries, including spinal-cord injury, vertebral fractures and intra-abdominal injuries. If spinal-cord injury is missed or not diagnosed early, the consequences can be devastating."
The attorneys at D’Amore & Associates in Oregon and Washington are experienced spinal cord injury lawyers who handle cases arising from car accidents. If the injury has long-term consequences and was caused by the carelessness — or negligence — of another, you may have a claim. Aside from recovering the costs of your medical care, you may have the right to recover loss of wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering — and any other expenses that result from your injury.