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The Emotional Trauma From a Child Bicycle Accident

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Your child broke his arm when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. While the break is healing nicely, your son does not seem to be recovering well emotionally. You may find that far after the physical wounds of the accident heal, the emotional trauma of the crash is still very fresh. Post-traumatic stress syndrome and other psychological problems are quite common after a traumatic accident. Some possible emotional after-effects of a bike crash could be:

  • Hyper-arousal. Because of the accident, your child may experience increased aggression and sensitivity. Environmental factors such as noise or quick and sudden movements may trigger your child’s flight, fight, or freeze instinct, and he may react to situations far differently than he did before the accident.
  • Flashbacks. Your child may re-experience the trauma from the accident by reliving it in nightmares or having flashbacks during the day. He may become very upset and anxious for no apparent reason, and the flashbacks could be the cause.
  • Avoidance. Your child may also be extremely hesitant to talk about the accident for fear it will bring the frightening experience back into his life.

Helping Your Child to Get Past the Past

In order to move on with his life, your child may need the help of a therapist or even medication. Unfortunately, these treatments do not come cheap and neither were the medical bills you incurred to resolve the physical problems of the crash. We at the Morton Law Offices don’t feel you should be held responsible for these fees since the accident wasn’t your fault. If you feel the same way, contact us today to learn more.


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