What Parents Should Know About Injuries To Minors And Children
In legal terms, personal injuries to minors and children are injuries to people under 18 years old. Legal situations involving young people and children are particularly serious because they’re a vulnerable population. They’re also more prone to injury. Their injuries – including physical, developmental, and psychological – often have long-lasting consequences.
Parents Must Be Involved In The Claim
There are a couple things that make injuries to minors and children different from other legal situations. For one, a parent or legal guardian needs to be involved in the child’s claim. Naturally, injuries to minors and children present significant challenges to the whole family unit. A family has a viable claim if they can prove that someone else’s negligence caused the young person’s injury.
Common Causes Of Injuries To Minors And Children
Car accidents cause the majority of injury cases involving minors and children. Determining negligence may be more straight-forward in these cases – at least as straight-forward as car accident cases can be – due to the nature of car accident situations and law. However, it’s important to note that teenage drivers may be more susceptible to getting into car accidents and more likely to have legal claims against negligent drivers. This is because they don’t have as much experience practicing defensive driving and avoiding negligent drivers.
One thing that parents can do to keep their kids safe on the road is take safety precautions. For useful information, see our article and video about keeping your child safe in the car.
Another thing parents can do is educate their kids about safe driving. A few years ago, Premier Law Group started the Teens Against Distracted Driving non-profit organization to educate young drivers about the dangers of using a cell phone in the car. We also offer a Distracted Driving Scholarship to high school seniors and college freshman from the state of Washington. Click the links to learn more and get your kid involved.
Every year, American hospitals treat over 200,000 kids for playground-related injuries. A lot of these injuries do not warrant personal injury lawsuits because they occur with parental supervision, in public schools, and in day care centers. In other words, they occur without an act of negligence. However, overtly negligent supervision may be grounds for a lawsuit. There may also be negligence in situations involving substandard playground maintenance.
Injuries to minors and children that involve substandard water safety precautions and protocols are common among young children. Once again, if a family can prove negligence there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes viable cases involve improper safety precautions around pools and poor maintenance around property leading to water. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 14 years old. Every year, it sends many children to the emergency room for non-fatal submersion injuries.
What Parents Should Do If Their Child Was Injured
The most important thing is to get your child the medical attention they need. After that, you want to document the details of the accident as much as possible. This means get the names of any witnesses, take pictures, and write down your account of the accident. Next, you’ll want to meet with an attorney who has experience in child injury cases. The child injury attorney will review your documentation to assess whether you have a case and how they can help.
How Premier Law Group Can Help
We’re deeply sorry that a young person in your family has suffered an injury or worse. These situations can be incredibly difficult on the entire family.
Premier Law Group has experience helping families with child injury cases. We offer free case reviews to help families out their lives back together after an accident. We’ll assess whether your child’s situation involved negligence and whether there’s a case. Furthermore, we’ll talk to you about the statute of limitations for the case. This is the deadline by which you can no longer pursue the claim. Call 206.285.1743 to schedule a free case review with one of our experienced child injury attorneys.
About Premier Law Group
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We’re the only personal injury law firm in Washington State that offers a triple guarantee. We promise three things:
- When you contact us about your personal injury matter, you’ll speak directly with an attorney – not just a receptionist or intake specialist.Furthermore, we’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.
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- You don’t pay a penny unless we winyour case. That’s our “zero fee guarantee”.
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