Common Child Injuries Leading to Litigation
It is every parent’s nightmare to learn that their child has been seriously injured – particularly when the injuries were due to another person’s negligence. Unfortunately, cases like this are far more common than they should be. Below are some of the most common legal claims involving injuries to children.
Premises Liability Claims
Kids need to be supervised at all times, especially when they are engaging in an activity that could be dangerous. Injuries at public pools, kid-themed businesses, and recreation centers are common. If there is an understanding that children will be supervised by adults other than their parents, these facilities may face liability for injuries that occur.
Premises liability claims can also arise on private residential property from the principle of “attractive nuisance.” This basically means that a homeowner can be held liable for injuries suffered by children trespassing on their land if their land contains an easily accessible object that would understandably attract kids. An ungated pool or trampoline would be good examples.
Product Liability Claims
In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of safety recalls for baby products. Consumer safety watchdogs have raised alarms about dangerous and defective strollers, child seats, cribs, and sleep mats. In some cases, these products can be fatal to infants and very young children.
Dangerous toys are also a recurring problem. Many contain small parts that can be a choking hazard, while others are made with chemicals that can be dangerous or fatal if ingested.
Sub-standard care or mistakes during or just before the time of birth can lead to devastating physical and cognitive injuries and disabilities. Just a few examples include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and damage caused by the medical equipment used to extract the baby during delivery.
Everyone is susceptible to being involved in a car accident, but children are especially at risk for injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are a very common outcome for children in crashes, and brain injuries are particularly dangerous in developing brains.
Parents Suing on Behalf of Kids
If your child is still a minor, you will likely need to file a lawsuit on their behalf. This is mostly a formality, because the facts of the case will remain the same. If you successfully recover money in the lawsuit, the funds can be placed into a trust established for your child (or set aside in a comparable arrangement).
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Our firm proudly represents injury victims and their families in and out of the courtroom. We understand the difficulties your family is currently facing, and we want to help you recover full and fair compensation on behalf of your child. To learn more about how our skilled personal injury attorneys can assist you with child injuries, call Saavedra Law Firm, PLC today to arrange your free initial consultation.