Talking to Children About Your Car Accident Injuries

If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident in Hollywood or anywhere in Florida, your life will change in many ways. You may need to lose time at work and you may have a long journey before you as you heal. If you’re a parent, you’ll also need to help your children deal with the aftermath of a car accident.


Your children may even need some support after your car crash and you may need childcare and help with everyday activities because of your injuries. This is just one reason why it’s so important to seek fair compensation for your injuries and losses. If you’ve been injured in a car crash anywhere in Southern Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a Hollywood automobile accident attorney. Our law firm is based on family, and we care deeply about helping families through the difficulties of a serious injury.

How to Talk to Your Children After a Hollywood Car Accident Injury

If your children were in the car with you during the collision, they will of course need to be fully evaluated by a medical professional to rule out an injury. It can also be useful to speak with your pediatrician or a pediatric therapist to ensure your children have the support they need to cope with memories of the crash. Over time, you will need to continue to keep an eye out for any symptoms, such as changes in personality, interests, sleeping patterns, or appetite, so you can get your children more support if they need it.

If your children weren’t in the car during your collision, you can breathe a deep sigh of relief that they were out of harm’s way and didn’t see the impact. Nevertheless, they can be deeply affected by seeing you, a parent, seriously injured. Here’s how experts suggest you navigate the conversation:

  • Talk to your children as soon as you can. As soon as you can speak calmly about your injury, give yourself time to sit down with your children to talk.
  • Keep it simple. Smaller children, especially, don’t have big attention spans. Explain an injury simply—“mom was in the car and had an accident and now has a broken bone, but it will heal.”
  • Explain what will change and what will stay the same. For example, explain if you will be having someone come in three times a week to help you with housework. At the same time, try to maintain routines and emphasize everything that will stay the same.
  • Give your children extra attention. For example, if your children have questions about the injury, stop what you are doing and explain as much as you understand. Use simple language and watch your children’s reactions to try to gauge what they need to know. If your children are having nightmares or are struggling, offer to help, whether that means talking about their feelings or sleeping in their room for a bit.
  • Show the positive parts of your healing journey. If you’re feeling stronger and better as you heal, share this news with your children. If you have older children, you might share milestones—such as success you’re having with physiotherapy.

A serious car accident can affect an entire family. At Flaxman Law Group, our father-son attorney team has worked with young families who have had their income, relationships, and financial life affected by a serious injury. If you suffer a serious injury in Homestead, Hollywood, Miami, or any community in the area, don’t hesitate. Contact our compassionate team for a free consultation with a Hollywood car accident attorney.

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