The Courier-Journal is reporting a hit and run accident that left a child with serious brain injury. According to the news story written by Danielle Lerner, a 9-year old child was struck by a vehicle in the 1000 block of East Broadway near Barret Avenue. The tragic accident occurred on February 2 around 9:09 p.m. The child’s mother had stopped her vehicle in the median to allow her daughter to go back inside a dance studio to retrieve a forgotten item.
The child was running around the rear of her vehicle toward the sidewalk when a white vehicle struck her. She was thrown approximately 50 feet and came to rest under a parked vehicle. Bystanders helped lift the rear of the vehicle to free the trapped child. The vehicle did not stop. Law enforcement officials are still investigating. The driver of the vehicle may face criminal charges associated with the hit and run accident.
The girl was transported from the accident scene to Norton’s Children Hospital. She suffered an injury to her leg in addition to serious brain injuries.
Brain Injuries in Children
Children are highly susceptible to brain injuries in automobile accidents. One of the most dangerous types of brain injuries for children in a car accident is a closed head injury. The reason a closed head injury can be very dangerous is the lack of outward trauma. Parents may not be aware their child has suffered a brain injury because there is not a bump, laceration, or other injury they can “see.” However, their child may have suffered a serious brain injury that can result in permanent damage if not treated.
For this reason, it is always best to have your child checked by a medical professional as soon as possible following any vehicle accident, regardless whether you believe your child has been injured. It is better to err on the side of caution in this instance.
It is also important to know the signs of brain injury and to look for symptoms in the following days and weeks. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be difficult for infants and young children to communicate their symptoms. A child may not be able to tell his or her parent about the typical signs of a brain injury such as headaches, blurred vision, and weakness in the fingers or toes due to the child’s lack of communication skills.
Therefore, parents should look for the following symptoms of a brain injury in children:
- Changes in nursing or eating habits
- Inability to be consoled or persistent crying
- Changes in the ability to pay attention
- Depressed or sad mood
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Loss of interest in favorite activities or toys
A parent should watch a child very carefully for any signs of problems after a car accident. If the parent has a doubt, it is always best to take the child to the emergency room or the doctor.
Call A Louisville Hit and Run Accident Attorney for Help
Even though the other driver fled the accident scene, you may still be able to recover compensation from your insurance company. Our Louisville hit and run accident attorney can help you explore an accident claim to recover medical expenses and other damages for your child and your family.