California Child Injury Attorney
When a child is injured or killed in an accident, not only is a precious life needlessly lost or damaged, but friends and family are devastated as well. Loved ones, weighed down with sorrow, are left wondering: How could this have happened? Who is going to answer for this terrible tragedy?
While circumstances may vary, the law generally does not hold child injury victims responsible for actions that contributed to his or her injuries.
If your child has been in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral bills, wages lost while assisting in your child’s recovery, pain and suffering, and more. Consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights and best legal options.
At Wilshire Law Firm, we can provide you with a team of highly qualified professionals to tackle your child’s case. Our legal team is comprised of attorneys and staff that have plenty of experience handling issues specific to child injuries. We can help you recover all of the damages associated with your child’s injury, including lingering psychological scarring and trauma. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer in a free consultation, call us today at (800) 522-7274.
What Are the Facts and Statistics on Child Injury?
Childhood is a period of discovery and development. As children play and find out things about the world and themselves, injuries arise – it’s a natural part of life. However, there is a difference between a bump or scrape on the playground and more serious injuries. There are state and federal laws which include safety guidelines that are supposed to protect children from the latter, but unfortunately, they are frequently ignored – and innocent children end up paying the price, sometimes with their lives.
According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- More than 12,000 people between 0 to 19 years of age die from unintentional injuries every year, and more than 9.2 million are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children.
- For infants, suffocation is the leading cause of death.
- Drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers.
- Falls account most of the nonfatal injuries sustained by children.
The common scenarios for child injuries include animal attacks, dangerous toy accidents, falling, choking, poisoning, swimming pool accidents, sports injuries, and playground injuries.
Establishing Negligence and Determining Liability
Any entity that knowingly accepts the responsibility for your child then has a “duty of care” to both you and the child to ensure his or her safety while the child is in their care. This may be a babysitter, other children’s parents, the daycare center, or the school. If the caretaker’s breach of that duty leads to your child’s injury, you may pursue compensation for whatever damages that result.
However, you must be able to prove that the caretaker’s negligence led to your child’s injury by establishing the following factors:
- The liable party had a duty of care to ensure your child’s safety.
- A breach of that duty directly caused your child’s injury.
- Even if your child’s actions contributed to his or her injuries, he or she was too young at the time of the incident to reasonably be held liable for his or her conduct.
The law applies different standards to different age groups when determining whether a minor is liable. To learn more about how your child’s age may factor into his or her case, consult with a trusted attorney.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Child
At Wilshire Law Firm, it always saddens us to see innocent children and their families suffer because of someone else’s mistake. If you have a child injury claim, please let us help you get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need for your child’s recovery. Our dedicated legal staff members are on standby, ready to answer any of your questions.