No parent ever expects their child to be in an accident, but over 9 million are treated each year for injuries that were not intentional, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Unfortunately, nearly 20 children die daily as a result of an injury that could have been prevented. In fact, injuries sustained as a result of accidents that could have been prevented are the leading cause of death in children.
Injuries sustained at birth are one type of accident, as are daycare accidents caused by lack of supervision. Motor vehicle and bicycle accidents occur frequently. Sports injuries, accidents on the playground and swimming pool accidents account for some of the deaths as well.
In some states, injury cases for children younger than 18 are handled differently because the child is a minor and cannot legally enter into settlement agreements. Minors typically cannot file a personal injury suit on their own, but parents can file on their behalf. It is sometimes referred to as a “friendly suit”, and is filed to obtain the court’s approval to settle the claim on the minor’s behalf. The court usually appoints an independent lawyer to determine whether a settlement of the suit is in the child’s best interest. If the attorney deems it is in the best interest, and the court approves the settlement, then the agreement is binding by law.
Parents might be able to obtain compensation for child injury if the accident is a result of negligence by another party. Rewards often include medical costs, as well as compensation for physical pain and mental anguish, disfigurement and physical limitations caused by the accident. If the child is older and had an income prior to the accident, loss of earning capacity can also be compensated for.
If you are in this situation and your child has been injured, it is important to seek the advice of a law firm specializing in child injury negligence cases. These injuries can be devastating, and turning the case over to our law firm allows you to focus on your child and family. Our firm will evaluate your case, file your claim and advocate for you legally. We see too many of these child injury cases, and rest assured, we will use our experience and skill to maximize the compensation for your child. We believe in holding negligent parties responsible and we will definitely fight for you.