Children are tiny balls of potential that parents mold into healthy and functional adults. Most parents are eager to help their children find their place in the world and guide them to successful and happy adults.
Unfortunately, catastrophic childhood injuries, such as those that a child might suffer in a car crash, can prevent them from living their life to the fullest. Injuries to their spinal cord, broken bones that affect their development and head injuries could all leave a child with permanent medical disabilities that alter the course of their lives.
If your child dreamt of being an athlete or a surgeon, a car crash could put an end to those dreams. In cases with severe injuries, however, your child isn’t the only one whose career aspirations have to change.
Parents often experience trauma because of their child’s injury
Even if you weren’t present at the time of the incident that left your child hurt or if you were there but suffered far less severe injuries, you may develop trauma responses to your child’s injury and their need for medical attention.
While your child is in the hospital, you may struggle to perform your work and might need to take an extended leave of absence. The change in your performance and personality might be enough to permanently alter the relationships you have with your employer and co-workers. You may struggle to advance at your current place of employment, and frequent or extended leaves of absence could impact how your work history appears to a potential future employer, too.
You may need to stay home to take care of your child
When children have severe injuries that affect their mobility and ability to care for themselves, parents may have to sacrifice their dreams and life outside of the family to support their child. That could mean that you need to take a leave of absence that lasts for years or could even be permanent.
When you look at both insurance settlement offers and the potential for a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the crash that hurt your child, you need to consider the long-term career impact for your child as well as the impact of their injury on your life and earning potential.