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Serious car accident injuries devastated an Alaska family

One can only imagine the shock and horror a parent experiences when receiving a voice mail message that says his or her child has been involved in an automobile crash. Some Alaska families are blessed when their children survive collisions; however, serious car accident injuries can changes their lives forever. One woman recently shared the ongoing challenges she faces in caring for her precious son in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

Apparently, the woman was not with her son when the crash occurred. A family friend was caring for him that day, and they were headed out to enjoy some evening entertainment at a local high school. Another vehicle reportedly veered across the center line of traffic and smashed into the car that carried the 5-year-old boy as a passenger.

The child suffered an internal decapitation, meaning the ligaments that attached his spine to his skull were severed. Now the boy is 8 years old, and his mother says that her every waking moment is spent tending to the special needs of her wheelchair-bound son. Her son attends school, strapped in his chair with a portable ventilator to help him breathe. His mother has since cashed in her retirement and changed residences in order to be closer to the hospital and available to meet her child's constant medical needs.

For those who sustain serious car accident injuries in Alaska and elsewhere, the accompanying expenses are often exorbitant and overwhelming. It is sometimes helpful to know that in situations where another driver is deemed responsible for a collision, a parent can act on behalf of an injured child by filing a lawsuit to request restitution in court. A successfully litigated claim may provide compensation that can then be used to help offset some of the costs associated with recovery care.

Source:, "Life after the crash", Tegan Hanlon, Jan. 17, 2016

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