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There are few events as stressful and worrisome as seeing your child injured. Child injuries that result from car accidents, dog bites and slip-and-fall accidents can turn the life of the child and the child's family upside down. It is important that young victims and their family members are provided adequate financial compensation so that they do not have the added stress of worrying about medical bills and other current and future expenses that can drain their financial resources.
The experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have helped protect and uphold the rights of young injury victims and their families. We understand the emotional trauma such incidents can cause. We are committed to protect your children's rights and ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.
Parents can file a claim on behalf of their children after an injury.
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Car Accidents and Children
Children under 1 had the highest rates of head injuries and the most common type of head injuries during that time period were cerebrum injuries involving contusions and lacerations. Serious head injuries such as concussions and skull fractures had higher rates of incidence for children between 1 and 3 and 4 and 7. Children under 1 were more likely to sustain rib fractures while older children more commonly sustained hand and lung injuries.
Injuries Suffered in Dog Attacks
Children often suffer more harm from dog bites than adults. Children are closer to the ground because of their height and a child's head and neck are typically within the reach of larger dogs. Furthermore, children are more likely suffer emotional trauma in the event of 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 even nerve damage. It is crucial for children to receive immediate medical attention not only to increase their chances of a full recovery but also to check if the child has rabies or other serious, potentially life-threatening infections.
Children and Slip and Fall Accidents
Children under the ages of 4 and older adolescents are considered the most at risk for head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of head injuries. Therefore, slip trip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries.
In addition to traumatic brain injuries, young slip-and-fall victims could suffer bone fractures, sprains, strains and even spinal cord injuries. When these types of injuries result from a hazardous condition, the at-fault parties can be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused. If your child has been hurt on someone else's property, it may be in your best interest to file an injury report with the property owner and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer to help protect your child's rights.
Park or Playground Injuries
Spending time at the park or local playground is a routine part of childhood. Unfortunately, thousands of families a year experience what it’s like to have a fun day outdoors take a turn for the worse because of playground injuries.
For a playground to be considered safe for children, it must be designed and installed with certain standards in mind, maintained in good condition, and periodically inspected for problems. A failure to meet any of these requirements could mean someone else is responsible for a child’s playground-induced injuries. To prove liability, victims must show negligence in proper design, maintenance, or warnings, and that the injuries would have been preventable if the playground equipment had been up to par.
Signing children up for organized sports has many benefits, but there’s always the risk of injury occurring with any kind of physical activity. While this shouldn’t be a deterrent for getting children involved, it is important for parents to know what their options are should an injury take place.
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” that’s taken whenever engaging in sports activities. However, if the child is hurt because of intentional or reckless actions by another athlete, defective sports equipment, or negligent coaching, a third party may be found financially responsible for medical expenses and negative effects that result from the injury.
Swimming and Drowning Accidents
Although owning a pool is a luxury, it comes with inherent dangers, and children are the most at risk. No matter the setting, pool owners have a duty to provide a safe environment and be proactive in their efforts to prevent swimming injuries or drowning accidents from happening.
When pool injuries occur, they fall under premises liability if inadequate steps were taken to keep a pool safe and secure. Generally, liability cases must show that the victim was invited or allowed on the premises (this is not always true for children, who don’t have the capacity to understand swimming dangers). It also must be proved that the pool was improperly maintained by the property owner: a lack of perimeter fencing, a failure to provide warning signage, the absence of safety equipment, and/or defective pool products.
Financial Support for Injured Children in NJ
Parents can file a claim on behalf of their children. Negligent car drivers, dog owners, property owners and other negligent parties can be held accountable for the victim's medical bills and other losses. It is important that the settlement includes all types of damages including permanent injury, disfigurement, disabilities and pain and suffering.
The parents of an injured child are often entitled to compensation for the child's current and future medical expenses as well. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the cost of the victim's future medical care and treatment can also be significant. Most parents are not able to afford round-the-clock nursing 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, the experienced New Jersey child injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We will fight for your child's rights and will strive to obtain maximum compensation for all your losses. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.
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