Injury Law

Filing an Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child

child accident victim needing to file a child injury claim in Florida

Unlike adults, children are more likely to suffer injuries in the event of an accident. Their injuries often happen at home or under the care of a teacher, neighbor, friend, someone who had a responsibility to provide care but was negligent or deliberately caused harm. When a child suffers an injury, and another party is to blame, the child’s parent or legal guardian may have a right to file an injury claim or lawsuit seeking compensation on behalf of the child. Filing a child injury claim in Florida is best done with the help of an experienced Daytona Beach personal injury attorney. 

Common injury claims for children injuries 

Every parent desires to have their child in a safe environment at all times. No parent likes to hear or see that their child has been hurt.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Accidents involving children are pretty common and often cause a wide range of injuries, including bruises, broken bones, brain damage, loss of eyesight, and even spinal injuries. 

Regardless of where your child gets injured, you may have a right to file an injury claim on your child’s behalf, particularly if another person or entity is at fault.

Some of the common accidents that could lead to a valid child injury claims include:

  • Public park accidents
  • Bites/Attacks from animals
  • Accidents with dangerous toys
  • Sports/Playground accidents
  • Pool/Water accidents
  • Home or premises accidents
  • Product-related accidents
  • School accidents
  • Car accidents 
  • Injuries from extracurricular activities
  • Injuries that occur during sporting activities
  • Injuries at after-school events

Filing an injury claim after a child’s accident

Child injuries, however minor, can cause unbearable suffering. Besides the physical pain, your little one may have to deal with mental trauma due to the accident. 

Your child’s development could also be greatly affected, especially if the injuries are severe. You may also have to bear a huge financial burden as a result of your child’s injuries. 

If you believe that another party’s negligence contributed to your child’s injuries, you may have a right to file an injury claim or lawsuit to recover compensation. Ideally, you should do this before Florida’s statute of limitation expires. That is, within four years from the day your child gets injured.

Potential damages in a child injury claim

In Florida, the settlement you get in a child’s injury claim should cater to the same spectrum of economic and non-economic damages you’d find in an adult’s injury claim or lawsuit. That includes payment for medical-related expenses, disfigurement, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. 

Because a child, of course, cannot negotiate settlement of an injury claim, a parent or legal guardian has a responsibility to seek compensation on behalf of their little one. Sadly, the process isn’t usually straightforward.

You must prove that the at-fault party had taken on the responsibility to provide care to your child. You must also show that their failure to maintain the necessary safety measures that this duty of care requires caused your child’s injuries.

That’s why it’s critical for you as the parent to hire a Daytona Beach personal injury attorney. A capable lawyer will tenaciously fight for your child’s right to a speedy recovery, whether they were wrongly injured in a car accident, at school, or on someone else’s property. 

Enlist a reputable Florida personal injury lawyer

If your little one was recently injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you reserve the right to seek compensation. Our firm is ready to help with that. Please contact our knowledgeable Daytona Beach personal injury attorney today at 386-200-1866 to learn how we can help you file an injury claim on behalf of your child.

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