Injuries to Minors and Children
Injuries that are suffered by children under 18 years old present unique issues that can only be handled properly by attorneys with years of experience in personal injury cases. Here at Premier Law Group, our experienced Bellevue and Seattle injury lawyers have the specialized skills and experience to work on cases involving minors. One aspect of child injury cases is that a parent, or the legal guardian needs to be involved in the filing of the lawsuit. It is also so crucial to get an experienced Washington injury attorney in these cases, because the injuries sustained by a child can have long lasting consequences that need to be covered by the at fault person’s insurance company. Serious injuries suffered by a child can be devastating for the entire family, and it is the lawyer’s job to relieve as much of the stress as possible by making the legal process easy to understand.
In order for a parent or a legal guardian to bring about an injury lawsuit on behalf of their child, it is necessary that the injury was caused by the negligence of somebody else. This is oftentimes a thin line to walk, because the acceptable standard of care around children is elevated, but nevertheless, children are more prone to getting injured. In a situation such as a car accident caused by another driver, this issue does not come into play. But if your child is injured while on the playground at school, it is very important to have strong evidence that shows negligence on the behalf of the teachers or councilors that were looking after him or her. Once negligence is proven, the most important aspect of a child injury case is making sure that any injuries that may cause long term damage are taken into account when trying to settle with the other insurance company. You need an attorney who has a strong knowledge of injuries and is willing to aggressively fight on your behalf to get your child the money he or she needs. If your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, and would like to speak to an experienced Seattle child injury lawyer, give us a call at (206) 285-1743.
Children are prone to injuries in a lot of the same places that adults are, but there are also some that are generally unique to younger kids.
So where do these occur, and what can a parent do to help reduce the risk of serious injury?
Car Accidents: The majority of Washington personal injury cases that involve minors are due to car accidents. This affects the entire range of kids between 0-18, but not necessarily in the same way. An injury can occur at anytime as a passenger for minors, but for 16 and 17 year olds with driver’s licenses, there is added danger as a driver. While there is nothing you can do sometimes to avoid getting hit by a negligent driver, there are steps that parents can take to reduce the risk of serious injury for their children. Check out this article on child seat belt safety for more information. As for teens that are driving, their risk of being hit by a negligent driver is even greater, because they do not yet have the experience to notice and avoid them. The important thing as a parent is to teach your kids proper driving safety, so they are not the ones causing the accidents themselves. Premier Law Group attorney Jason Epstein founded the organization “Teens Against Distracted Driving,” to help educate young drivers about the dangers of cell phone use in cars. For more information, click the preceding link.
Playground Accidents: Every year, over 200,000 kids are treated in United States hospitals for playground-related injuries. A lot of these injuries do not warrant a personal injury lawsuit, because many occur with parental supervision, or in public schools or day care centers without an act of negligence. Injuries that happen because of a lack of proper playground maintenance, or overtly negligent supervision may very well serve as grounds to pursue legal action. Playground accidents can result in some long term injuries that require the knowledge and expertise of experienced Seattle child injury lawyers.
Water Accidents: Injuries that occur due to a lack of water safety are very common amongst younger children, and could provide grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury death for children under 14 years old, and sends many more to the emergency room for non-fatal submersion injuries. Just like all other child injuries, any kind of water accident has to be the result of someone else doing something negligent in order to have a case. This could involve improper safety in a pool area, improper maintenance, and other acts that do not live up to a reasonable standard of care.
How can Premier Law Group help you?
Our attorneys have years of experience fighting insurance companies to make sure our injured clients get the money they need to fully pay for their recovery. When dealing with injuries to children, we make sure that any long lasting effects of the injuries will be accounted for, and that the child receives justice for what he or she had to go through. If your child has been injured and someone else is to blame, call us today at (206) 285-1743 for a free case evaluation. In fact, if we handle your case, you pay absolutely no legal fees unless we win.