As parents, handling the medical and legal fallout of a child injury is perhaps even more difficult than dealing with an injury of your own. You may feel betrayed by the person or company whose negligence harmed your child. You may also feel helpless to do anything about your child’s potentially life-altering injuries or wrongful death. This heightened emotional state can make it difficult to even think of going through the process of a personal injury lawsuit. Even worse, insurance companies, corporations and schools may try to avoid liability by blaming you or your child for the accident. Baltimore, Maryland child injury lawyer Susan R. Green understands how harrowing a child injury claim can be. As a mother herself, she is especially passionate about advocating for the rights of children when schools, daycare facilities, product manufacturers and other parties neglect their duty to child safety. Over the course of her career, she has established a reputation as an aggressive advocate who does not back down from a challenge. So even if you feel like the odds are against you and your child, Susan Green can help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
What are the Most Common Causes of Child Injury?
Children are among the most vulnerable members of society because they lack the experience and physical strength necessary to protect themselves from many dangers. Therefore, the duty of care that companies, schools and individuals owe to children is a much higher standard than the duty owed to an adult. However, too often different parties neglect this responsibility, causing serious and potentially fatal child injuries. Some of the most common causes of injuries to children include:
- School or playground negligence. Parents trust their child’s school to maintain safe premises and to also take steps to prevent fights, bullying and other potential sources of harm.
- Daycare accidents. Like schools, daycare facilities have a duty to protect the children in their care from dangerous conditions and violence. They are also responsible for the hygiene and wellbeing of their charges.
- Swimming pool accidents. Swimming pools can be deadly for young children, especially if they do not know how to swim. A pool is also considered an “attractive nuisance”, meaning that it is something that appeals to a child’s curiosity. Therefore, pool owners must take extra steps to prevent children from wandering onto their property and potentially drowning.
- Dog bites. Dogs can be an attractive nuisance as well, since many children may naturally want to pet a dog. Children are also more likely to unintentionally incite a dog to bite. Therefore, dog owners must take extra precautions with their pets when near children.
- Dangerous toys. Manufacturers must test toys for choking hazards, toxic materials and other risks that may not be a problem for adults.
- Defective child products. Poorly designed and/or manufactured strollers, cribs, clothing and other products can be just as dangerous as defective toys. Additionally, defective car seats may fail to protect infants and toddlers in crashes.
Who Can File a Child Injury Lawsuit for My Child?
Children cannot stand up for themselves and defend their own rights. Instead, the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must file any necessary legal claim on their behalf. While a personal injury lawsuit cannot undo the harm to your child, it can make it possible for you to pay his or her medical bills and other expenses. The outcome of your case can also help ensure that no one else’s child is hurt in a similar accident.
However, filing a personal injury lawsuit for a child is often a complex process. The insurance company, product manufacturer or other defendant may try to minimize their own liability by blaming your child for his or her own injuries. The question of whether a minor can be legally responsible for his or her own damages has no clear answer. Very young children (generally under 6 years old) are often assumed to be incapable of contributory negligence. If your child is a pre-teen or teenager, then fault is more difficult to determine. Usually, the courts decide a child’s liability on an individual basis.
Defending yourself and your child against tactics designed to deny you your rightful compensation can be emotionally draining. This is especially true if you are trying to protect and care for your injured child at the same time. Baltimore child injury lawyer Susan Green can take on the burden of your legal claim so that you can concentrate on your family. She is not afraid to play hardball with insurance adjusters, corporations or even government entities like school districts. Your child relies on you; you can rely on Susan Green.
Child Injured at School or Elsewhere? Call Maryland Child Injury Lawyer Susan Green
After a playground injury, daycare accident or dog bite, parents may feel helpless as they watch their child in pain. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the compensation you need to provide for your child’s future. Towson, Maryland child injury lawyer Susan R. Green has a reputation for providing uncompromising advocacy to those who feel helpless in the face of life changing child injuries. If you need help for your child, then contact Hardball Law in Baltimore to schedule a free initial consultation.