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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:
- Property owners
- Toy manufacturers
- Pet owners
- School officials
- Car wrecks
- Playground equipment manufacturers
- Other parents
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.
Differences in the Law for Child Injury Cases
An injured child is entitled to the same types of compensation as a grownup. However, the law recognizes that injured children are different than adults. For example, a child under 19 cannot file a personal injury lawsuit. Only a parent or legal guardian may do so on the child’s behalf.
The law also differs in the degree of responsibility it assigns to children. For example, a child under 7 years old is incapable of negligence.
Also, liability law treats a trespassing child differently than a trespassing grownup. For example, if a property owner knows a hazard exists that poses danger to curious children, such as an unfenced swimming pool, the court may consider the owner liable for a child’s resulting injury. In contrast, adults who get hurt while trespassing typically cannot recover damages.
Other factors that apply exclusively to child injury cases include:
- Different statutes of limitations, depending upon the victim’s age and type of injury
- Requiring a judge’s approval for a child injury settlement
- Requiring the child’s portion of the damage award or settlement, to be held in trust until the child reaches the age of 19.
How a Child Injury Lawyer Can Help
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 Jim Dailey, 251-6049524. Your initial consultation is free.
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Jim Dailey is an attorney based in Mobile, Alabama, and serves clients for Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Maritime/Offshore Boating Accidents, Dog bites, Nursing Home Abuse, Work Injuries, Burn Injuries and Wrongful Death throughout the Gulf Coast region in:
Mobile County, Baldwin County, Washington County, Clarke County, Conecuh County, Monroe County, Choctaw County, Escambia County and Marengo County, including Mobile, Wilmer, Prichard, Saraland, Chickasaw, Daphne, Foley, Bay Minette, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fairhope, Bayou La Batre, Coden, Irvington, Grand Bay, Theodore, Semmes, Citronelle, Mount Vernon, Creola, Robertsdale, Summerdale, Elberta, Spanish Fort and Fernland.