The drive to protect your child from child injury, may be the strongest and most important parental instinct. But no matter how vigilant and careful you might be, child injury as it relates to your child’s safety could still be threatened by the carelessness or negligence of others. Though you may drive carefully and defensively while on the road with your child, another person may be speeding, drinking and driving, or breaking traffic laws. Though you may childproof your home with care, a hotel, store, or other public place may contain serious dangers for children.
Child injury – what you should know
At Phillips & Garcia, we understand how life-altering the consequences of these preventable accidents are – both to your child and to your family as a whole. A serious child injury can lead to permanent disabilities, chronic health issues, deep psychological issues, disfigurement, and a lower quality of life. At the same time, a serious child accident can put your family under the overwhelming stress of hospital stays, multiple procedures, missed work, and unprecedented worry. Serving residents in Southeastern Massachusetts, our law office represents families whose children have suffered injuries from someone else’s negligence or carelessness such as:
- Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries and back injuries.
- Burn injuries.
- Dog bite and dog mauling injuries.
- Catastrophic injury
Even as children persevere through these painful and overwhelming injuries with courage and grace, they probably do not understand their rights or the financial repercussions of their preventable accident. It is our job to tell your child’s story and fight for their just compensation when they cannot. Protecting children against injustice and securing rightful damages for child injuries.
Unfortunately, children are more likely to become injured or killed in an accident than adults. They lack the coordination, knowledge, and life experience to avoid dangerous situations that others would recognize, such as a deep pool, a busy street, or a ledge. In addition, they are simply smaller and more fragile than older adults and navigate a world that is sometimes not built with them in mind. Often, to avoid tragic accidents, parents must rely on others – such as landlords, school systems, drivers, business owners, caretakers, and dog owners – to provide safe, hazard-free environments for their children.
Here are just a few common types of accidents that may involve children:
Car & truck accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 2,000 children under the age of 14 die in traffic accidents each year in the United States and 250,000 children are injured in car accidents and truck crashes annually.
School bus accidents. One mistake by a school bus driver, someone else on the road, a mechanic, or even a school system can lead to a serious school bus accident and school bus accident injury.
Pedestrian and bike accidents. Even if you teach your children how to cross the street safely, or even if you only allow your child to bike on your quiet residential street, accidents can happen when drivers are distracted, inebriated, reckless, or careless.
Dog bite accidents. One out of two serious dog attacks involves a child and a child is more likely to suffer serious dog bite injuries to the neck and face. In many cases, these physical and emotional dog bite scars could have been prevented if not for negligent dog owners.
Premises liability accidents. Property owners have an obligation to keep their grounds reasonably safe for others,
but some neglect dangers on their property, fail to fix hazards, or fail to warn others of potential safety threats. A property owner may neglect to lock a pool area, fail to pen an aggressive dog, or neglect to repair a broken railing.
Wrongful death cases. In some cases, the above scenarios end in the most tragic manner – with the death of your child. While this heartbreak can never be undone, the person or entity responsible for the fatal accident may be obligated to pay damages for medical bills and loss of consortium.
Contact us today to talk to an attorney about your child’s preventable accident
You fight every day to protect your child – are you prepared to protect your child’s rights in the wake of a serious accident? Talk to an experienced child injury lawyer to learn more about your case. You may not be able to change the past, but you can make your child’s future brighter. Call us toll free at (877) 892-5620 or fill out the short electronic contact form to the right of this page to set up an appointment.
Phillips & Garcia, P.C., is located in North Dartmouth, MA, and serves the following Massachusetts cities and counties on the South Coast: Bristol County, Plymouth County, New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Westport, East Freetown, Assonet, Taunton, Somerset, Swansea, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham.