Injuries to Children
An injured child is a tough situation for any parent. It’s even harder when that injury is the result of someone else’s negligence. It could be car accident, a dangerous environment, a careless caregiver, or a defective product. You may want the hurt to go away, but you can’t.
What you can do is find someone who will represent your child’s best interests. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in dealing with injuries to children.
What Does a Typical Child Injury Case Look Like?
The majority of cases involving injuries to children involve car accidents, defective products, or injuries they sustain in a location with insufficient supervision. Injuries are not limited to these areas, by any means, and if your child has been injured, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney on their behalf.
My Child Was Injured in a Car Accident
Children are at greater risk in car accidents, which triggered the development and use of child safety seats and booster seats in passenger vehicles. Even a child who is properly restrained is vulnerable in accidents. For example, a rear-end accident may severely injure a child while causing only superficial injuries to adults up front.
Who Is Liable for My Child’s Injury in a Car Accident?
The at-fault driver or whoever caused the accident that resulted in your child’s injury is most likely to be liable, though there are other circumstances in some case. Whose car was your child in? Were they properly restrained? What vehicle hit them? The circumstances vary, so it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney, especially where insurance companies are involved.
My Child Was Injured at a Location
Most parents willingly entrust their children’s safety to places like schools and daycare centers. They’re just part of being a kid. However, businesses, facilities, and institutions we entrust with our children are not perfect. Injuries do happen.
Facilities designed for child safety can still pose hazards. Caregivers may cause injuries, or through negligence allow a child to be injured. Perhaps a worker was not properly screened and has a criminal history, or a facility was not properly permitted.
Places where a child may be injured due to negligence include:
- Daycare centers – Were employees adequately screened before hiring? Were the children properly and sufficiently supervised? Is the facility properly permitted and safe for children?
- Nursery schools – Who is running the facility and caring for the children? Has there been a history of trouble? Many of the same questions to ask regarding daycare centers apply here as well.
- Summer camps – Are the people running the camp competent? Is the camp properly secure from intrusion? Are the activities safe and supervised? Are the facilities maintained and free of hazards? Do employees have proper emergency training and access to medical equipment if necessary?
- School Buses – Has the vehicle been properly maintained and is there maintenance history? Is the driver qualified? Is the driver free of the influence of drugs and alcohol?
Who Is Liable for My Child’s Injury on Their Property?
In all of these cases, the liability for your child’s injury may lie with the person who directly caused the injury as well as the operator of the facility itself.
My Child Was Injured By a Defective Product
Kids have access to so many different toys and products these days that are, supposedly, designed specifically for them and with their safety in mind. At least, that’s what you’re led to believe. These defective products can include things like:
- Bicycle helmets
- Car seats and booster seats
- Flotation devices and pool toys
Injuries are by no means limited to these products or categories. If you believe your child’s injury was the result of a defective product, contact a law firm like the Law Office of James Scott Farrin that has experience in both child injury and defective product cases.
Who Is Liable for My Child’s Injury Due to a Defective Product?
In the case of a defective product, liable parties could include the manufacturer and the person or business who marketed and sold the product.
What Is the Statue of Limitations of an Injury to My Child?
It varies depending on several factors. The statute of limitation – that is, the time you have to initiate legal proceedings – may be longer than in cases involving adults. Regardless of the statute, prompt action is always advisable.
And even if the accident involving an injury to your child happened years ago, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. You may still have time, and you may still have a case.
Contact an Experienced Team of Personal Injury Attorneys
No matter where your child’s injury occurred, if it was the result of someone else’s negligence, call us. Our team of attorneys is ready to represent your child’s best interests. For a free case evaluation, call us at 866-900-7078, contact us online, or chat with us now. We’re here to help, and we mean business.