Protecting Our Children Is Of The Utmost Importance
Children are vulnerable and depending on their age, they may not have the capacity to appreciate dangers and risks the way that significantly older children and adults do. Many people owe a duty of care to children so that they are safe from harm including parents, caregivers, school officials, coaches, church employees, retail stores and other places of business, property owners, and government entities.
As a parent, there may be nothing more painful than seeing your child injured and if someone else is responsible for those injuries, they should be held accountable for medical bills and other damages incurred.
Common Causes Of Children’s Injuries
Children can be injured in any number of ways, but injuries and causes that we most frequently see in our law firm are listed below.
- Dangers in childcare institutions, home day cares, or with individual caregivers
- Bicyclist and pedestrian accidents
- Playground and park accidents
- Injuries sustained at school or in school bus crashes
- Bullying and harassment
- Birth injuries
- Poisoning from medicines, chemicals and cleaners, and other dangerous substances
- Falls caused by dangerous conditions or negligent supervision
- Swimming pool accidents including drownings, near drownings, spinal cord injuries, and injuries from other types of swimming pool dangers.
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Burn injuries
- Child abuse and neglect
Children’s injuries can cause financial hardships for families when it comes to expenses such as medical bills and loss of parental income. At least one parent is often required to miss work in order to care for an injured child and to get him or her to doctors’ appointments and physical therapy. This is why it is extremely important to hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced in representing injured children and their families so that you may recover for your financial, physical, and emotional losses.
Bystander Recovery: What Is It?
Under California law, when close families members witness the injury or death of a loved one, they may sometimes recover under a theory of negligent infliction of emotional distress. In order to recover under this theory in the case of an injured child, a parent or other close family member must have been present and aware when the child sustained the injuries, resulting in severe emotional distress.
Wrongful Death Cases Can Help Those Grieving
The most difficult and emotional cases are often wrongful death cases, especially when a child has died. Under California law, close family members may recover for losses sustained as a result of losing a child due to someone else’s fault. When a child dies, parents often miss work due to their grief and suffer many other types of financial setbacks including medical bills and funeral expenses. Often a wrongful death award allows families to focus on their grief and recovery without having to worry as much about their financial situation.
For Compassionate Representation, Call Today
When injuries are due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct they should be held financially responsible. If your child has sustained injuries caused by someone else, email us or call The Hayes Law Firm in Montebello at 323-693-1052 to discuss your child’s accident, injuries sustained, and liability.