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There are few things as stressful as seeing your child injured. Child injuries from car accidents, dog bites, and slip-and-fall accidents can turn a family upside down. If someone else was to blame for your child’s injury, you should seek compensation so you don’t have to suffer the added stress of worrying about your financial future.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers in New Jersey have helped many young injury victims and their families. As parents ourselves, we understand the emotional agony of seeing your child hurt. We are committed to protecting children's rights and ensuring that any at-fault parties are held accountable. Please contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to find out how we can help you at (609) 240-0040.
Parents can file a claim on behalf of their children after an injury.
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Even though they are innocent passengers, children often suffer the worst injuries in the event of a car accident. Children under 1 year old have the highest rate of head injuries in vehicle accidents out of every age group, and the most common head injuries they suffer are contusions and lacerations of the cerebrum. For children between 1 and 7, concussions and skull fractures are more common. Additionally, children under 1 are more likely to sustain rib fractures in car crashes, while older children tend to sustain hand and lung injuries.
Children sometimes walk alone to school, to a bus stop, to a friend’s house, or to their own homes out of necessity. Rarely are they able to avoid busy roadways altogether. Sadly, child pedestrian accidents are still the second-largest cause of unintentional death to kids between 5 and 14 in the United States. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 80% of children who are hit by vehicles are not at an intersection when struck, so the danger is everywhere. Teenagers account for nearly half of all fatal child pedestrian accidents.
Young children often suffer more harm from dog bites than adults. Children are shorter, and their heads are typically within the reach of larger dogs’ jaws. Furthermore, children are more likely to suffer emotional trauma after an attack. Some young victims become terrified of all dogs, have nightmares, and experience post-traumatic stress around animals. The physical injuries commonly suffered by children in dog attacks include skin lacerations, broken bones, disfigurement, amputations, and nerve damage. If your child was bitten by a dog, he or she needs immediate medical attention. Not only will this help speed up recovery, but it can check if your child was exposed to rabies or other serious infections.
Children under the age of 4 and older adolescents are considered the most "at risk" group for head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in people of all ages. In addition to traumatic brain injuries, young slip-and-fall victims often suffer bone fractures, sprains, strains, and spinal cord injuries. If your child was hurt on someone else's property, it may be in your best interest to file a claim against the property owner’s insurance.
Spending time at the park or playground is a wonderful part of childhood. Unfortunately, every year thousands of families experience a fun day outdoors taking a turn for the worse. For a playground to be considered safe for children, it must be designed and installed with certain standards in mind, kept in good condition, and periodically inspected for problems. These cases are more complicated, because you must prove that the playground owner or city agency responsible for maintaining the playground was negligent in the playground’s design, maintenance, or posted warnings, and that your child’s injuries were directly caused by this negligence.
Signing children up for organized sports has many benefits, but there’s always a risk of injury with any kind of physical activity. While this shouldn’t stop you from getting your kids involved, it is important for parents to know what their legal rights are. In scenarios where a child gets hurt during normal participation in practice or a game, there generally isn’t a liability claim to pursue because of the “assumption of risk” participants take when engaging in sports. However, if your child is hurt because of the intentional or reckless actions of another athlete or coach, or defective sports equipment, that person or manufacturer may be found financially responsible for the injury.
Although owning a pool is a luxury, it comes with inherent dangers, especially for children. No matter the setting, public and private pool owners have a duty to provide a safe environment and be proactive in their efforts to prevent swimming injuries and drowning accidents. Even if the child was not invited into the pool area, there are certain safeguards that must be in place for every pool in New Jersey, including security gates and fences. Children don’t have the capacity to fully understand the dangers of swimming pools, and the law knows that and places the burden on the pool owner. When pool injuries occur, they fall under premises liability if the owner did not take steps to keep the pool safe and secure.
Parents are allowed to file a claim on behalf of their children after an injury. Negligent drivers, dog owners, property owners, pool owners, caregivers, schools, and more can be held responsible for a child’s medical bills and other expenses arising out of the injury. When figuring out how much to ask for, we at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., know to include all possible types of damages, including disfigurement, disabilities, pain and suffering, and more. The parents of an injured child are entitled to compensation for the child's future medical expenses as well, and time lost from work taking care of the child. Most parents are not able to afford the round-the-clock care that may be needed, which is rarely covered by health insurance.
If your child has been seriously injured by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, our experienced New Jersey child injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We will fight to obtain the maximum compensation available for your child. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.
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