Catastrophic injuries are devastating, but when it happens to a child, it is even more tragic. We discuss how these injuries are most likely to occur in kids.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Children

Catastrophic injuries are defined as severe injuries to the spine, spinal cord or brain, including skull or spinal fractures. Catastrophic injuries often lead to death or permanent disability. Although it’s devastating when anyone suffers from this type of injury, it seems to be even more so when that person is a child.

You’ll never forget the call you received from Northwest Hospital and Medical Center regarding your 10-year-old. She was involved in a playground accident and suffered a spinal injury. After you got there, the doctors told you she may never walk again.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Children

It’s common for parents to want to keep their children in protective bubbles. Although this sounds good, it isn’t quite practical, and children are hurt all the time, usually not seriously. On rare occasions these injuries are life-changing. While almost any type of accident could cause a catastrophic injury, those that are the most common include:

  • Playground accidents, such as falling off equipment or getting injured by a faulty piece.
  • Bicycle accidents that lead to brain or spinal injuries.
  • Auto accidents that result in severe burns, brain or spinal injuries, or amputations.
  • Accidents at school from unsafe conditions or someone else’s negligence.
  • Crosswalk accidents that are the result of a negligent driver or crosswalk attendant.
  • School bus accidents that are the result of the manufacturer’s or driver’s negligence.

Let Us Help You

The road to recovery for your child will be emotional, exhausting, stressful, and costly. You will spend thousands of dollars on medical bills and time away from work to care for your child, not to mention the life-long expenses of raising a child with a permanent disability.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm sympathizes with what you are going through and wants to help take some of the burden off you. Contact us today to learn how we may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve from your child’s catastrophic injuries.


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11900 NE 1st Street
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Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 289-1990
Fax: (425) 289-1991

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