A child’s wellbeing is the top priority of every parent. When a child suffers a serious injury, the devastation that follows is unimaginable. The pain, the costs, the uncertainty – there is a burden that families carry after these injuries that few can truly understand. Macon child injury attorney David Mann knows the challenges you’re facing, and he can help you hold the negligent parties responsible for the harm they’ve caused your child.
Types of Accidents Involving Children
Parents know that children are vulnerable to injuries, which is why they go to such great lengths to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, dangers are lurking around many corners; and even the most diligent, careful parent can’t protect their child at every moment of every day. Child injuries can occur anywhere, though there are a few common types of accidents that are more likely to involve young people, including…
- Car accidents involving children
- Child pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Daycare negligence or abuse
- Defective product-related injuries
- Medical negligence and child injuries
- Swimming pool accidents
Common Child Injuries in Personal Injury Claims
One single accident can lead to multiple serious injuries. The costs and consequences of each injury type also vary greatly depending on severity. Here are some common injuries that children might experience:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Poisoning or toxic exposure
- Complex bone fractures
- Birth-related injuries, such as pinched nerves or oxygen deprivation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ damage
Knowing Whether Your Child’s Situation Warrants Legal Action
Child injury cases, like other personal injury claims, typically involve a few basic elements. First, there is the duty of care that a negligent party fails to follow. This could be a driver that fails to drive in accordance with the law. It could also be the case that the manufacturer of a product fails to ensure the safety of that product or a doctor fails to follow the medical community’s standard of care.
The second factor that warrants consideration is the existence of a serious injury. If a party is negligent, but there is no harm suffered by the child, there is obviously no need for legal action.
The third element of a personal injury claim is the connection between the first two points. If someone is negligent and that negligence results in a child’s injury, then parents are fully within their rights to consider taking legal action against the negligent party.
If your child has been injured and you aren’t sure whether you have legal options available, the Mann Law Firm offers free, no-obligation consultations. We know that the uncertainty and worry you’re facing can seem overwhelming. We make sure you understand your legal options. If you choose to file a claim, we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Macon child injury attorney David Mann today to schedule your free consultation.
What Expenses are Covered in a Child Injury Lawsuit?
In a child injury case, the family of a child takes legal action seeking “damages,” a legal term meaning the harm suffered by that child. The damages sought in a claim can include…
- The medical expenses incurred to test and treat a child, in addition to ongoing medical care that the injury might require.
- The loss of future income if the injury results in a permanent disability.
- The non-economic damages experienced by the child, including pain, stress, anxiety, distress or any other emotional or mental suffering.
What Sets Child Injury Cases Apart?
Children are not only more vulnerable to serious injuries, but they are also in a stage of development which can be greatly impeded by the harm they suffer. They have many more years ahead of them than an adult. Thus, the damages sought in a child injury case tend to be much greater simply because the damages they face are more significant.
A traumatic brain injury, for example, can impair a child’s mental development, severely impacting their future opportunities in life. They might require a lifetime of ongoing care and be limited to very few employment or educational opportunities. These are all factors that should be weighed when determining how much a child injury case is worth.
These cases require experienced legal representation, so you should make sure the attorney you hire to handle your injury claim knows how to get results for clients.
David Mann has experience handling a wide range of cases, and he has helped clients across Georgia get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
How Settlements Work in Child Injury Cases
After initiating a claim on behalf of your child, the party you’re filing a lawsuit against will likely get their own attorney. Your attorney will represent you in a dialogue with the representatives of the party you’re naming in the claim. If the two sides can come to an agreement over how much you should be paid, then a settlement is reached, and you will receive payment.
If a settlement isn’t reached, the matter can proceed to trial, but only with your blessing. Many of these types of cases are settled before they reach that point, though we prefer to prepare a case so thoroughly that it can withstand both settlement negotiations and trial. This ensures the case is done properly and offers the best possible result for our clients, whether it results in a settlement or a trial.
Child Car Accident Cases
Transportation-related injuries are the leading cause of death among children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data shows that most of these deaths happen to children inside a vehicle, though many deaths also occur among child cyclists and pedestrians.
If a child is injured by a negligent driver, a lawsuit can be a useful tool for parents to seek compensation for the harm the child has suffered. Crash-related injuries to children can be costly — physically, emotionally and financially. A personal injury claim offers the opportunity to hold a careless driver responsible for those costs.
If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Macon, then you should contact David Mann to learn more about your options. Our legal team understands how important these claims can be for our clients.
Child Premises Liability Claims
From playgrounds to daycare centers, there are many places where active children can be severely injured if a property’s conditions are hazardous. Premises liability claims are based on the principle that property owners have a responsibility to make sure their property is safe. If they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for the injuries a child might suffer because of hazardous conditions.
Fall-related injuries are commonly associated with premises liability cases. Falls are also the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among children. Nearly 3 million children go to the emergency room every year due to injuries suffered in a fall.
Other premises-related injuries involve sharp objects, drowning, burns or being struck by or against an object. Not surprisingly, these are also major contributors to child injuries.
Child Defective Product Cases
Some of the products that cause children harm might be unsurprising for parents, such as pesticides, e-cig juices, paint or other products found around the home. However, some products that were designed specifically for children are also the cause of many injuries to children.
It’s not uncommon to see safety-related recalls for children’s toys because of sharp edges, choking hazards or the dangerous toxins they contain. Car seats for children are also the subject of major recalls. Other common products that can pose a danger to children include furniture prone to tip-overs, cribs, crib bumpers, cradles, trampolines and jewelry.
If a child is hurt by a hazardous product, parents might consider filing a product liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of the item. These cases often involve products designed for use around children, particularly products that don’t contain adequate warnings for consumers.
Child Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical negligence can spell disaster for children, especially during the birthing process. Birth-related injuries, such as cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, spinal cord injuries and perinatal asphyxia often result in permanent physical or mental impairment. These injuries are also the result of mistakes by doctors and nurses.
Medical malpractice cases involving children might also stem from other types of negligence, including misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical errors and healthcare-acquired infections. Healthcare providers that fail to act in accordance with the standards of care of the medical community can be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused patients.
Child Injury Resources for Parents
Whether your child has been seriously injured or you are hoping to avoid a tragic incident involving your child, you should know that there are plenty of resources for concerned parents. Here are a few that you might find helpful:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Child Injuries are Preventable
- CDC’s Child Traumatic Brain Injury Page – HEADS UP
- Child Product Recalls – Safe Kids Worldwide
David Mann Offers Legal Representation for Child Injury Cases in Macon and Beyond
We know how important your child’s health is to you, and we believe that the costs your family is facing shouldn’t fall on your shoulders. If you have questions that you’d like answered, don’t hesitate to contact the Macon child injury lawyer David Mann to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help.
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