Children are remarkably prone to injuries. Lack of coordination, curiosity
about the world around them, and many things not being built to accommodate
someone of their reduced size makes the world a dangerous place for kids,
and it’s not at all uncommon for them to become injured. While kids
do have the excellent ability to recover from injures that would much
more serious for someone older, their injuries could still result in serious
losses for you as their parent. Furthermore, they do have rights as injury
victims, including the right to compensation.
Claiming Child Injuries
Children don’t usually have the right to pursue legal matters on
their own because of their status as a minor. However, as a parent or
guardian you have the right to pursue compensation on their behalf. In
fact, if the injured child is your dependent, you may be able to hold
the negligent party liable for their injuries and pursue a lawsuit on
their behalf. These cases are slightly more complicated, but handled similarly
to if you were injured yourself.
Just like if you were injured, it’s strongly advised that you retain
a Dunedin personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Your lawyer
can utilize the evidence available in your case to prove that the responsible
party is liable for their injuries and get you the compensation you need
to care for their injuries. While the damages you can pursue on their
behalf may be different from damages you could claim if you were injured
yourself (for example, you can’t claim lost income if your child
isn’t working), you still could recover the costs of the medical
bills you incur because of your child’s injuries, pain and suffering, and more!
Common Child Injuries
Children are particularly prone to a number of common injuries, often because
they simply don’t recognize the danger that a certain situation
may carry. For example, many children may not be able to recognize when
a dog is friendly or unfriendly, and could sustain serious injuries as
a result of a dog bite. Children are also prone to trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall
injuries simply because they often don’t recognize hazards that
could cause them injury. Finally, children are almost exclusively the
only group of people who can suffer what is known as an “attractive
nuisance” injury, which is one sustained after gaining access to
a hazardous property feature that isn’t properly secured, such as
an un-fenced swimming pool or rusty playground.
Has your child been injured?
Reach out to Paulsen Law Group today by calling (888) 352-7180 and consult with us about your options!