Was your child recently injured in Los Angeles, California? Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers at (877) 300-4535 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights and options. Your family may be entitled to compensation for related costs and suffering. Our Los Angeles child injury lawyers can help you maximize your recovery.
Since 2013, M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers has provided a voice to injury victims in Los Angeles, helping them fight back against tough insurance companies and well-funded defendants. Our attorneys, who have more than a century of combined experience, have won hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.
Your child’s future is at stake – and we appreciate just how much is riding on their personal injury case. Give us a call to find out how we can help. Your first consultation is 100% free, so contact our law office in Los Angeles, CA today.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If Your Child Has Been Injured in a Los Angeles Accident
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re tough advocates for children who’ve experienced the most excruciating and painful injuries in Los Angeles. We understand that trauma can have life-long consequences and fundamentally change a child’s life. We’re ready to help your family fight back and demand compensation from those responsible.
When you trust our award-winning Los Angeles child injury attorneys with your case, we will:
- Launch a full investigation into the accident or incident that caused your child to get hurt
- Determine why it happened, how it could have been avoided, and determine who’s at fault
- Work closely with experts, especially as we assess how much your child injury case is worth
- Seek damages from all liable parties
- Defend your child if someone attempts to say that they’re responsible for getting hurt
- Negotiate with other parties on your behalf
- Have an accomplished trial attorney bring your child injury lawsuit to trial if you aren’t offered a fair deal
Focus on helping your child recover. Give our law firm the opportunity to take on and win your fight for compensation. Learn more about our legal services by calling us today.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Childhood Injuries?
Children are resilient, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t get hurt if they’re involved in a traumatic accident.
Some of the most commonly reported causes of child injuries include:
Get your child to a medical care center immediately after they get hurt. Prompt treatment can help to ensure that their injuries don’t get worse and are taken care of properly. Then call our Los Angeles child injury attorneys if you suspect that someone else is responsible for your child’s trauma. We can help you figure out the best steps and take action to recover compensation.
How Common Are Child Injuries?
According to the CDC, a child is treated in an emergency room for an injury every four seconds. One child will die from an injury once every hour.
That means that thousands of children suffer avoidable injuries – many of which are fatal – every day.
Not all childhood injuries will lead to a personal injury case. Typically, the right to compensation exists when a child is injured because someone else was negligent.
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Child Injury Lawsuit in California?
Negligence is the cause of action for most child injury lawsuits in California.
Negligence means that:
Let’s focus on the “duty of care.” When adults are involved, the duty of care is typically to act reasonably under the circumstances. John has a responsibility not to engage in conduct that might put Joe at an increased risk of harm.
When children are involved, adults typically have a higher duty to protect them. This is because kids aren’t always the best decision-makers. They don’t always anticipate or appreciate the consequences of their actions. So, it’s up to adults to help keep them safe by taking extra precautions.
This is particularly true when attractive nuisances are involved.
What’s an Attractive Nuisance?
An attractive nuisance is something dangerous that’s enticing to a child.
For example, Sam has a swimming pool or trampoline in her backyard and knows that many neighborhood children are in the area. Adults can appreciate that a swimming pool is full of water and that they need to know how to swim. They can understand that a trampoline could cause serious injury or death if not used properly.
Kids, on the other hand, might not. This is especially true for young children. So, it’s up to adults – in this instance, Sam – to take some additional steps to prevent an accident before it can happen.
Sam might need to put up a fence with a gate to keep children away. She might need to remove ladders or ways to access the equipment or pool. She could install floodlights so that kids will get scared off if they get too close.
If Sam breaches this duty of care by doing nothing (or not doing enough), she could be liable if a child gets hurt.
What Is My Child’s Personal Injury Case Worth?
Every child’s situation is unique. Every case will be different.
However, certain factors will influence how much your child injury case is worth, including:
- How old your child is when they get sick or injured
- The types of injuries they’ve suffered
- The potential for permanent disability or impairment
- How your child’s injury may affect their ability to work or earn an income
- Whether the accident has left your child physically impaired or disfigured
- The pain and suffering your child has endured, as well as the emotional struggles they may experience in the future
Calculating the value of a child’s injuries is difficult. Present financial damages are fairly straightforward. However, with children, future damages are a huge component of a lawsuit. Disputes over the value of those future damages can be common, even when there are experts providing input on both sides.
Don’t leave anything up to chance or question. Don’t let an insurance company or another third party have control over the valuation process. Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers and have us take on your fight. Our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles will work hard to ensure that your child’s damages are all accounted for and valued properly. We know that every dollar counts when your child’s future is involved.
Who Can Be Liable For a Child’s Injuries in Los Angeles, CA?
Anyone who contributes to a child’s injury could be on the hook for resulting damages.
Liable parties might include:
- Property owners
- Medical professionals
- Employers of negligent parties
- Government agencies
- Product manufacturers
- Religious institutions
- Social clubs or organizations
Our personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles will carefully examine your case to determine liability. We can help to ensure that you’re awarded full compensation by seeking damages from anyone who caused your child to get hurt.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Child’s Injury in California?
The statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits in California is two years. When adult victims are involved, the clock begins to run the moment an injury occurs. When child victims are involved, the clock doesn’t start to run until they’re 18. That means that injured children have until they’re 20 years old to file a lawsuit.
There are certain situations when a different timeframe might apply. Examples include cases involving government negligence, medical malpractice, and defective products.
Parents and guardians may also have the right to file a lawsuit on a child’s behalf.
The best way to (a) know what the time limits for your case are and (b) ensure your case is filed on time is by calling M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers right away.
Our attorneys can begin to investigate, gather evidence, and assess your specific situation. Then, if you decide to take action, we’ll have the time and opportunity to get your case filed on time.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Los Angeles Child Injury Lawyer
Did your child recently get hurt in an accident in Los Angeles, CA? Speak with a qualified Los Angeles child injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options. You may have the right to file a personal injury claim. M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
Your first case evaluation is free. Give our Los Angeles law office a call or contact us online to schedule yours today. Our team is available to help 24/7/365.
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