Child Injuries in California
As a parent, seeing your child in pain is one of the worst experiences you can imagine. You do everything you can to keep your child safe, and you try to make smart decisions that protect your child from situations beyond your control. Yet, no matter what you do, you cannot protect your child completely. Accidents happen; and, when they do, it is important to hire an experienced child injury attorney to help you pick up the pieces.
At Banafshe Law Firm, PC, we are passionate about representing families in cases involving children’s injuries. We handle all types of cases – from auto accidents to vicious dog attacks – and we help families recover just compensation for all types of traumatic childhood injuries. As a parent, asserting your family’s legal rights after an accident is essential. The costs of your child’s medical treatment could be substantial, and your child’s injuries could potentially impact the rest of his or her life. Our lawyers understand all of this, and we are prepared to do what it takes to secure the compensation your family deserves.
Many different types of accidents can result in severe traumatic injuries for children. Since children’s bodies are still growing, their bones, ligaments and tendons are highly susceptible to being broken or torn in the event of a collision or fall. Children’s brains are more vulnerable to trauma, as well. Sadly, this means that children can easily suffer permanent physical or cognitive disabilities due to events beyond their (and their parents’) control.
Our lawyers represent families in cases involving all types of child injuries resulting from all causes. Some examples of the types of cases we handle include:
Depending on the circumstances involved, various parties can potentially be liable for children’s injuries sustained in traumatic accidents. When you choose our firm to represent your family, our child injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate the cause of your child’s injuries and identify all legally responsible parties. We will also work closely with you to understand the financial and non-financial costs of your child’s injuries. We will then use our experience in insurance settlement negotiations and litigation to seek just compensation on your family’s behalf.
Many child injuries occur at schools, daycare centers and playgrounds. Public school districts, private schools, daycare center operators, and municipalities and private entities that own playgrounds owe legal duties to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for children. While these entities cannot be expected to prevent all accidents, they are expected to prevent many of them.
When your child is injured at a school, daycare center or playground, a critical early step in the recovery process is to determine what entity is liable. If your family has a claim against a government entity, then special rules and timelines apply, and it will be especially important to take legal action as soon as possible.
In all cases, however, acting promptly can be crucial to recovering just compensation. As a result, if your child was injured in a school, daycare or playground accident, we strongly encourage you to contact a child injury attorney right away.
Pools, neighbors’ dogs and other neighborhood risks can also present serious injury risks for children. Similar to accidents at schools, daycare centers and playgrounds, it is important to investigate accidents occurring in your neighborhood as soon as possible as well. Typically, homeowners’ and HOAs’ insurance policies will cover these types of accidents, and recovering compensation for your child’s injury will most likely involve negotiating a settlement with the liable party’s insurance company.
Many childhood traumatic injuries result from motor vehicle accidents. This includes collisions between vehicles as well as crashes involving children who are riding bikes or on foot. While children are more susceptible to suffering severe injuries in vehicle collisions (and are more difficult to see on roads and sidewalks), parents still can – and should – seek full compensation when a negligent or reckless driver harms their child.
To file a successful auto insurance claim, it will be important for you to work with an experienced child injury lawyer. Proving your family’s losses won’t be easy, and the insurance companies will not have any sympathy for your child’s condition. At Banafshe Law Firm, our lawyers can use their knowledge and experience to prove how much your family is entitled to recover, and our lawyers will fight relentlessly to secure the full compensation your family deserves.
Dangerous and defective products are to blame for a shocking number of child injuries each year. While product designers and manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure that their products are reasonably safe, companies sell dangerous and defective products all the time.
Children can suffer serious injuries in various types of product-related accidents. For example, a significant number of child injury claims involve furniture tip-overs. To be safe, bookshelves, credenzas, TV stands, dressers, and other pieces of furniture must either (i) be designed not to tip over or (ii) come with wall anchors that ensure they will not tip when weighted by a child.
Dangerous toys, electronics, sporting goods, playground equipment, and other children’s products commonly cause serious injuries as well. The same is true of household cleaners, appliances and numerous other products that are designed and manufactured without due consideration for the risks they present for children.
In many cases, families can recover financial compensation for child injuries sustained during sports, activities and athletic events. With regard to who is liable, the answer will depend on the specific circumstances involved. Teams, coaches, trainers, athletic facilities and product manufacturers are all possibilities, and pursuing a successful claim starts with identifying who (or what company) had a legal responsibility to protect your child’s safety.
While these types of accidents can involve all kinds of injuries, concussions are particularly common. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of a concussion (or any other traumatic injury) as the result of an athletics-related accident, you should seek help from a doctor and a child injury lawyer promptly.
In personal injury cases involving a child injury, negligent supervision is often discussed. A school, daycare center or other caretaker can be found liable if they did not carefully monitor or control a child’s action. In short, if a judge or jury believes a child’s accident was preventable by reasonable actions, the child’s family could be awarded damages. Thus, as an example, if a teacher could have (and should have) prevented a playground accident, the teacher would be considered negligent.
In cases involving child injuries, parents can recover compensation for various financial and non-financial costs resulting from the accident. These losses include (but are not necessarily limited to):
If your child has been injured and you would like to speak with a child injury attorney about your family’s legal rights, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us by phone or online 24/7, so call 800-789-8840 or tell us about your case online now.
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