Children Harmed in New Mexico Trucking Accidents Can Suffer Serious and Permanent Injuries Which Affect his or her Whole Life
Children are precious. They are also some of the most vulnerable members of our society. This is particularly true of infants and the younger the child is. This is not just because of their ability to care for themselves, but also because their bodies are growing. Injuries to a growing person, such as an injury to an organ, growth plate, or to the brain, can result in very serious and permanent injuries. These can affect a child’s entire development.
When these injuries are caused due to the negligence of a defendant, such as a truck driver, it can cause strong emotions such as frustration or even anger. Injuries to children can also create emotional, physical, and financial burdens on the child and the entire family. These can completely flip over an entire family’s way of life.
Here at the Mark Caruso, our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys know how devastating a trucking accident can be to a young child. We have handled many trucking accident cases and know how to fight for the rights of young victims harmed by large commercial trucking companies such as FedEx, McLane, and J.B. Hunt. Call us today for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help lift those burdens off of your family’s shoulders and place them on ours. We will help you focus on recovering while we fight for your rights.
Valuing a Child’s Injury in a New Mexico Trucking Accident
Valuing the injuries to an infant or child after a New Mexico trucking accident is a very difficult process that not every lawyer is equipped to do. Generally, several different types of experts are needed to help evaluate the injury child and the injuries. Some of the most common experts and the types of cases they are needed on is the following:
Neurologist – required for any brain injury case, but also any nerve injury case, spinal cord injury case, or other spine or head injury case. Psychological or emotional injuries will also require a neurological report, which is also required to help prove them.
Orthopedic expert – in the case of broken bones, especially to major bones like those in the arm, leg, spine, or head, an orthopedist is required to help prove your damages. When the broken bones are among growth plates, an expert is required to opine as to the effect of the fracture on the development of the bone.
Life care planner – in the event that an infant or child is so severely injured he or she will no longer be able to care for himself or herself, a life care planner is needed to evaluate and explain what the treatment plans are, what the costs of these plans are, and how they will evolve as the child gets older. This includes calculating the costs of care and the potential for raising costs. It includes all future doctor’s visits, treatment, surgeries, medications, home health equipment, and related expenses.
Economist – if it is possible for the child to not be able to work, or not be able to do a certain type of work, an economist can be used to help calculate the lost future earnings. With a young child not yet in the work force, this is very difficult to calculate and usually involves a formula of the parent’s income and the other siblings. There is no exact science, but a persuasive argument. The life expectancy of the child is also needed to help calculate this.
Reasons Why New Mexico Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Damages to Infants and Children
Large commercial trucks are just that—large. They are heavy and on interstates such as I-10, I-25, and I-40 they move very fast. The potential for a very serious and catastrophic collision is real. An infant or child’s small body is easily crushed or damaged in these types of high speed collisions. This is particularly true of organ injuries, where a young child does not have the benefit of a fully-hardened and protective rib cage. Even though a child’s bones are more flexible, that does not always mean it is a benefit in these types of traumatic collisions.
Further, infant and young children may be unable to assist themselves out of a trucking accident wreck. This means they may get stuck in a wreck and sustain addition damages, such as fire or chemical burns. Large commercial trucks are indiscriminate, and will cause serious damage to whatever human body it collides with.
Representing Children Injured in New Mexico Trucking Accidents is What We Do at Mark Caruso
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.