Child Injury Lawyer Chris Davis In The News
As a prominent injury lawyer with experience in handling child injury claims, attorney Chris Davis is often featured by local or national new media covering accident-related issues and/or some of his cases. You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox.
The award-winning car accident attorneys at Davis Law Group are dedicated to holding people responsible for causing serious harm to others and have helped accident victims in Washington State recover large settlements and verdicts for more than 25 years.
Child Injury Claims: What Parents Need To Know
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 & Negligence
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).
Parental Immunity For Child Injuries
Washington state law recognizes the Parental Immunity Doctrine, which protects parents from being held legally responsible for negligent acts which may result in a child's injury. This is not only beneficial to parents whose children have been injured in an accident, but also ensures that the child is able to recover the full amount of compensation that they deserve for their injuries.
Experienced Child Injury Law Firm
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.