For some children, riding the school bus for the first time is an adventure. For others, it is an intimidating experience. As the years go by, children adapt, and riding the bus to and from school just becomes part of their day. But, if your child happens to be riding the school bus when it is involved in an accident en route to or from school, it can be a traumatic experience at any age. Here are some ideas on how you can help your children recover after a bus accident.
Visit Your Chiropractor
Even if your child was not injured in the bus accident, you may still want to take him or her to your family chiropractor for evaluation. After a crash, latent injuries to the head, neck, shoulders or any other muscles that became tense upon impact, may begin to cause problems. Your chiropractor will be able to tell right away if any part of your son’s or daughter’s spine needs to be adjusted to minimize pain and long-term effects of the accident.
Talk to Your Children
One of the best things you can do to help your child rebound after an accident is to talk about it. Let him or her tell you about it in detail – how he or she is feeling, fears, anxieties, and concerns. If your young child is afraid to ride the bus to school immediately following the accident, maybe you can drive him or her for several days until he or she is feeling more comfortable and secure. If it was a serious accident with injuries, you probably will not want to rush your child back into riding the bus, thus causing more anxiety, fear and trauma to his or her emotional state.
Seek Professional Advice
If you notice that your son or daughter is really having difficulty processing the events of a traumatic accident, or she cannot focus at school, or is having nightmares, you may want to contact a therapist for advice on how to help your child recover emotionally from this alarming event.
Additionally, if you have concerns about the circumstances of the accident from a legal standpoint, you can also contact an experienced accident attorney who can review the details and answer all your legal questions. According to one auto accident lawyer Dallas residents affected by the school bus wreck can fight their case “by providing proof of the four legal elements; duty, breach, causation and damages.” Providing all four elements will help you win your case.
Being involved in a bus accident will undoubtedly be a traumatic experience for anyone who was on board. As a parent, take the necessary steps toward helping your child recover physically and emotionally so you can all resume your daily lives without stress.