Pursuing Compensation When a Child Is Injured in an Accident

Each year, there are thousands of children who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of another party or parties. The injuries not only have a serious impact on the child, but often also have an impact on the parents, caused by medical bills to treat the injuries, time parents miss from work in order to care for the child as they recover, and more.

Just like adults, children also have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries. If your child has been injured due to the actions of another party, it is important to speak with a North Carolina personal injury attorney right away.

Some of the Common Causes of Accidental Injuries to Children

Although many children suffer from bumps and bruises caused by falling, banging into things, and other mishaps during play, they are often pretty resilient and bounce right back into the action. But when a child is injured in an accident, their lives can be greatly affected, depending on the extent of the injury.

 

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Some of the more common types of accidents we see here at Shapiro & Appleton in the young clients we represent include the following:

Car Accidents: According to national statistics, car accidents are the number one cause of death for children in this country. Each year, more than 700 children are killed in crashes, with thousands of more seriously injured. It is critical for children to be in the proper car or booster seat and buckled up.

Falls: Each year, more than one million children end up hospitalized because of injuries suffered in falls. In fact, falls are the number one cause of nonfatal injuries for children in the U.S. Many of these falls are due to the negligence of property owners. Another leading cause of falls is due to defective products, such as high chairs or other baby products.

Dog Bites: Although any animal can attack, dog bites are the most common type of animal attack in this country. Almost five million people are bitten by a dog each year. The younger the child, the more dangerous – and deadly - a dog bite or attack can be. Small children often suffer injuries to their throat or face when they are attacked.

Let Our Firm Help

If your child has suffered an injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, contact a North Carolina brain injury attorney to find out what legal options may be available. Injury claims involving child victims can be complex, including the statute of limitations for filing a claim and other factors. Your child may be entitled to financial compensation for both past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and any permanent disabilities their injuries may have left them with. Contact Shapiro & Appleton to schedule a free case evaluation and find out how we can help.

 

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