An unexpected call from your child’s school sets off your alarm bells. You hear the words every parent dreads: “Your child is hurt. Please come as soon as you can.” As you run for the car and start driving, all you can think about is taking away your child’s pain. You know that once the crisis is over, there will be plenty of time to place blame.
Who Is at Fault in a Child Injury Accident?
Because they are more impulsive and less experienced than the average adult, children are more susceptible to injuries. For example, they may rush to pet an unknown dog with no fear of being bitten. Unfortunately, their fearlessness often leads to injuries.
When it comes to children, adults must act with a reasonable standard of care. People who fail to take normal safety precautions as well as those who harm a child intentionally are liable for any resulting injuries. Liable parties can include:
Sports coaches and/or players
Health care professionals
Playground equipment manufacturers
Determining liability for your child’s injury is often a complicated matter. Seeking the help of a qualified child injury lawyer is the best course of action once your child is out of danger. An experienced attorney has the necessary knowledge and skill to investigate the incident in question, interview witnesses and build a strong case for compensation.
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The Most Common Accidents Involving Children
Accidents involving children are particularly common at home or in local neighborhoods, since that is where children do most of their living and playing. The most common accidents for children include the following:
Suffocation and Choking
Burns and Scalds
Child Accidents by the Numbers
You might be surprised by how frequently—or infrequently—children are hospitalized for particular accidents. For example, did you know drowning is the second leading cause of death for both infants (1-4 years old) and pre-teens (10-14 years old)? Knowing the dangers to your children may be helpful in setting safety standards which can help lower their risk of injury.
How a Utah Child Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your child has been injured in an accident you should hire an experienced and compassionate attorney who has the best interests of the child and his/her family in mind. Children can become victims in many types of accidents including auto accidents, accidents at school, bicycle accidents, dog bite attacks and more. The parents of the injured child should not have to bear the financial burden of medical bills and treatment due to the negligence of another person. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child receives just compensation for current and future expenses related to the injury, and you expect repayment for your child’s medical bills. Given what is at stake, you need a child injury lawyer in your corner. Call us or fill out our contact form to get expert legal assistance. Your initial consultation is free.