If your child has been injured due to the fault of someone else, you should contact an Indianapolis child injury lawyer to help you with your case. Children are more vulnerable than adults, and often become victims of negligence. More injuries are suffered by children under the age of four than in any other age group. Injuries are caused by unsafe toys, cribs, infant car seats, baby walkers, balloons, bicycles, skates and skateboards. Swimming pools, fireworks, and firearms are other risk factors for children. You can help you child seek justice for injuries caused by others.
Children’s claims require special sensitivity in their handling. Parents of children sometimes hesitate to bring actions on behalf of their children because they want to protect them from involvement in the legal system.
I will honor your concern about your child and do everything possible to shield them from the legal process. One of the first things the insurance adjuster will want to do is take your child’s statement about what happened. They must have your permission, but may even try to take one when you are not present. It’s important that you understand your rights, options and the legal consequences of your decisions.
I’m also proud to partner with Crime Stoppers of Indiana to sponsor child identity kits. These kits help you store your child’s DNA in case they are missing.
If you believe that your child has been injured at the fault of another party, you may question whether you should call an Indianapolis injury lawyer right away or simply try to handle an insurance claim on your own. This is especially common after car accidents, as many people expect an insurance claim to be a relatively straightforward process. However, insurance companies aim to reduce their liability whenever possible so it is still wise to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side throughout this process. There is often a limited amount of time to file a claim and the insurer may contact you shortly after the accident, so you should never delay in seeking help from a legal professional.
– In an automobile accident, there may be multiple parties which share in the liability. Everyone from the driver, to a manufacturer or a car seat. Studies have shown that more than 250,000 children are injured in automobile accidents annually.
– Child pedestrian accidents are another way many children are injured. Whether it is on their routes to school or waiting at a bus top. Many times, drivers do not see the child and other times they are seen too late. Just because a child is near the road, does not mean that the driver is not responsible for the injury. Drivers can be and should be held responsible for injuries to a child on foot.
– A school system could be liable if the child was injured at school. They can be injured in a bus wreck, on the playground, falling on snow or ice, or be the victim of sexual abuse.
– Injuries from playing with toys such as a BB gun or a bow and arrow are other common injuries to children.
– Unfortunately, careless actions of others put a child in our care in situations where they are harmed. If your loved one has a child injury, you will have questions about what type of legal recovery they are entitled to. Here are some other examples of injuries children can experience.
Consider that the two leading causes of accidental deaths are car accidents and drownings. And, over 150,000 children annually are hospitalized from burns. It is estimated that 4.5 million are bitten by dogs every year, half of them are children and they are bitten mainly on the face. Now with the ever increasingly popularity of the Internet, there is a new danger to children from pedophiles.
Children really do have a special place in my heart. While injury due to the fault of others is a tragedy for anyone, it’s especially difficult for children. I work aggressively to help parents obtain just compensation for their children’s injuries.
While many people think children can be resilient, it is important to remember that their bodies are still developing and, therefore, many injuries can cause damage that can impact their lives for years to come or even permanently. A compound fracture can affect the way their bones grow, injuries can cause serious scarring, and more.
One injury that can be particularly dangerous for children is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can be mild – such as a concussion – however, even a concussion can be dangerous for children. An undiagnosed concussion can put children at grave risk of sustaining a subsequent concussion, which can be life-threatening if the initial brain injury has not yet healed. Sustaining multiple concussions, as many young athletes may, can lead to the development of numerous cognitive disorders later in life.
Moderate to severe brain injuries can have symptoms that last for months, years, or even for a lifetime. Children may need to be hospitalized due to unconsciousness or to monitor their intracranial pressure. Even after they are released from the hospital, they may need to regularly visit a neurologist and participate in rehabilitation. Children often require both physical and mental rest and often need to miss school and other activities for a period of time.
Children can suffer from cognitive, behavioral, and physical symptoms that can impede their abilities once they do return to school after a brain injury. Many young TBI victims require special accommodations at school and parents must advocate for the services their child needs, which can often be a struggle and may require the assistance of an attorney. Children who have permanent disabilities due to a catastrophic injury can have their educational and professional opportunities adversely affected for the rest of their lives.
Your family and your child can incur many serious losses because of an accident and injury to your child. Fountain Law Firm will stand up for your right to recover damages from anyone who was negligent and liable for the injury. Damages that we regularly seek include:
Injuries involving children can last a lifetime. We help the victims of child injury and child abuse. We know the enormous difficulties presented by these situations. We want to see the children get back on their feet and get the justice and compensation that they deserve. We understand the heavy emotions that accompany these cases and provide experienced, compassionate, representation to our valued clients. Our clients are our number one priority.
Fountain Law Firm has the resources to calculate the full amount of compensation that your child and your family deserves after a traumatic injury.
If your child has been injured as a result of wrongful actions of another, contact an Indianapolis child injury lawyer at the Fountain Law Firm at 888-242-HURT (4878) for a free confidential consultation.