Attorney John Christopher Maples has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured children.
Every year children are injured in accidents, often through no fault of their own. If your child or baby has been injured in an accident or through negligence, as their parent or guardian you are allowed to make a personal injury claim for compensation for their injuries.
Children can be injured in much the same situations as adults. These can include:
- Dog Bites
- Traffic accidents
- Cycling accidents
- Trampoline accidents
- Carnival/Amusement Park Accidents
- Attacks by other children
- Injuries at school or on school bus
- Injuries at stores
Children's accidents must be carefully evaluated. Generally, they have until age 20 to bring a claim for personal injury, however, there are multiple instances where that is simply not true and the period of time to bring a claim is much shorter (weeks to months). It is important that the parent or legal guardian consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
As the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can make a personal injury claim on their behalf.
Once a child has turned 18, they still may be able to pursue a claim for compensation if their parent or guardian has not already done so. It depends on the type of claim and who it is being brought against (for instance, government claims can be as short as 6 months, while Tribal claims depend on the Tribal Compact). The moral of the story is that the claim can be lost if you don't make the requisite timeline. Note- there may be exceptions.
We may also be able to help you if your child has been injured as the result of medical or clinical negligence. This could be for an injury they sustained during their birth or for negligent medical treatment they have received as a patient in a GP's surgery or hospital. Some of the most common clinical negligence cases we deal with for babies and children involve cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy.