Every child has the right to a safe, healthy, and happy childhood. When an innocent child is injured in an accident or due to abuse, they deserve to have someone on their side fighting for justice.
Unfortunately, it’s often the case that minor children can’t speak up for themselves in personal injury cases that involve serious physical or emotional injuries. And in cases involving severe brain injuries, an injured child may never grow up to become an independent adult. Fortunately, Washington state law allows a child’s parent or guardian to work with a personal injury attorney on the child's behalf.
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What Parents Should Know About Child Injury Claims
Parents and guardians of children that have been injured as a result of neglect, poor supervision, carelessness, or wrongdoing need to know that child injury claims are significantly different from adult injury claims.
The statute of limitations for child (under age 18) injury claims and lawsuits is typically extended. A child (under age 18) cannot hire an attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit on their own, typically a parent or guardian must do so on behalf of the child.
A claim for mental and physical health care costs can be brought by the parents or guardian who was responsible for the bills. Parents may have a legal claim for their lost wages due to an ability to work in order to care for their injured child. Seriously injured children may have a legal claim for future lost wages due to an inability to work.
Children are not held to the same standard as adults when evaluating negligence--children are not necessarily responsible for their own actions. The settlement of a child injury lawsuit or legal claim must typically be approved by the court. In some cases, once a court has approved a settlement or claim, the child may not receive funds until he/she is 18 years of age. Settlement funds are often placed in a trust account on behalf of the child. A guardian ad litem is often required in cases involving a minor child. In a child wrongful death claim, the parent is often the executor (aka administrator, personal representative).
Our Experience With Child Injury Cases
The award-winning attorneys and legal team at Davis Law Group have served the interests of injured children and their parents since being founded by attorney Chris Davis in 1994. Some of the more specific types of child injury cases we have experience with include:
- Cars and other motor vehicle accidents
- Lack of proper supervision and/or neglect
- Bicycle accidents involving automobiles
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
- Ingestion of poisonous household products
- Amusement park accidents
- Household fires
- Falls due to lack of proper safety measures
- Swimming-related accidents
- Playground equipment accidents
- Fireworks and fire arms
Injuries resulting from these types of accidents are often very serious and can sometimes lead to severe, long-term disabilities. The person or company responsible can be held accountable through a lawsuit filed on behalf of the injured child. And when that negligence results in the death of a child, a claim by the parent or parents will be a difficult and sensitive matter best shepherded by professionals with years of understanding, compassion, and patience handling these situations.
When Do You Need A Child Injury Attorney?
Cases involving physical or emotional injuries to minor children can be very complicated from a legal perspective. In many cases involving physical injuries, children may heal at a different rate than adults, and it may take years for the full effect of a permanent injury to become apparent. In cases involving emotional damage, such as PTSD after a violent accident or sexual abuse, children may not be able to articulate the full extent of their fear and pain until they are older.
Fortunately, the statute of limitations in cases involving injuries to children does not always end after three years in Washington state. This means that you can still search for a lawyer even if it took years for medical professionals to evaluate the full extent of your child’s injuries.
However, if you know that your child has a large case, it’s a good idea to start the process by speaking with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you wait too long to speak with an attorney, it’s possible that crucial evidence could be lost. It’s a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as you know that you want to file an insurance claim or lawsuit on your child’s behalf.
Contact Us For A Free Case Review
If you or a loved one has a child who was injured by someone else's negligence, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced attorney who understands child injury claims. Our award-winning legal team has helped injured children and their families recover fair compensation after an accident in Washington for more than 20 years. We will review your child injury case for free and help you better understand your legal rights and options.
We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs to hire us and you owe nothing until we can successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Simply use the contact form on this page to get started or call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000.
Below are just a few of the many cases involving children that have been successfully resolved by Davis Law Group.
- $4,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement for Children of Accident Victim Read The Client Story
- $1.3 Million For Boating Accident Victim with Serious Leg Injuries Read The Client Story
- $420,000 Settlement For Child Suffering TBI
- $416,500 Settlement for Children With Car Accident Injuries
- $415,000 Settlement for Young Boy Hit by Car While Exiting Bus
- $400,000 Settlement For 7 year old Boy Hit by Ford Explorer
- $200,000 Settlement for 5 yr-old Girl Bitten on Face and Scalp
- $197,000 Teen Driver Rear-Ends Family With Four Children (Case No. 200468, Insurance Company: Progressive)
- $150,000 Settlement for 12 year old boy
- $70,000 Dog Bites Young Boy (Case No. 200980, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $62,000 Boy On Bicycle Hit While Riding In Neighborhood (Case No. 200647, Insurance Company: Pemco)
- $40,852 Distracted Driver Hits Monther Driving With Two Small Children (Case No. 200719, Insurance Company: State Farm)