Every day, parents in the San Fernando Valley place their children in the hands of people who are supposed to care for them and look out for their well-being. In today's busy world, parents can rarely be with their children every second of the day, which is why they send their children to schools, daycares, pre-school, and baby-sitters.
These places are supposed to be safe-havens for children; places where parents can rest-assured knowing that their children are being properly cared for. As many parents discover, this is not always the case and the very people who are entrusted with their children can be responsible for causing them injury. If your child has suffered an injury because of someone's negligence, a San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney can provide you with the legal assistance you will need to obtain compensation.
There are many ways a child can be injured, including:
Liability for children's injuries is not always a concrete area of personal injury law. While there is not a separate legal avenue dedicated especially to children's injuries, claims can be made under other negligence claims in the event that a child is injured. What sets the claims involving children apart from others is the amount of damages claimed. Because children are younger, more fragile and less understanding when it comes to their own judgment calls, compensation for personal injury claims on their behalf is often more than an adult claim. Common claims made for children's injuries include:
Other claims include premises liability claims after a child suffers injuries from a swimming pool accident or hazardous condition at someone's home or place of business. General negligence claims can be made against careless babysitters or supervisors expected to protect the child from unreasonable risk of injury. Adults and supervisors are expected to exercise special care when interacting with children. Putting them in dangerous situations or failing to protect them from hazardous conditions is a failure of that duty and constitutes negligence.
Whether your child was injured by a negligent driver in a school bus accident, or wasn't being properly supervised at daycare and ingested a poisonous substance, our attorneys can take the proper legal actions necessary on your behalf. First, it must be established that a specific person, company, or business was negligent. Once liability has been determined, your lawyer will have to prove that your child was injured as a result of this negligence, and we will consult with the appropriate experts should this need to be proven at court. The final step to a personal injury claim will involve negotiating a settlement amount, and your attorney will fight very hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are considering a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your child's injuries, contact a personal injury attorney in San Fernando Valley to assist you in the process. At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we believe in the importance of children having access to the best possible medical attention in order to recover from their injuries and we understand that as their parent or guardian, you want to provide that for them. However, the expenses of such treatment can prove an obstacle. Do not let money be the reason that your child does not get a chance at a full recovery. The person responsible for their injuries should be responsible for the expenses and a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you make them pay. Call us today for a free initial case evaluation.