Has Your Child Been Injured? Hire an Atlanta Child Injury Attorney
As a parent, nothing is more horrifying than when your child is injured. Unfortunately, children are often injured through the negligence of the very people charged with keeping them safe, like daycare facility staff or other childcare workers. MG Law’s attorneys will hold parties accountable for your child’s suffering-you do not need to carry that burden alone. Our attorneys understand that when your child is hurt, their well-being is your top priority. Our lawyers will shoulder the burden of the legal process so you can focus on what’s most important—your child’s recovery.
Common Types of Child Injury Cases
Injuries to children and distressingly common. Every four seconds, a child is treated for an injury in an emergency room. An injury to a child can occur in many ways. Some of the most common are discussed below.
Daycare Facility Injuries
Childcare providers owe children a duty to ensure their safety and care when under the childcare professional’s supervision. Unfortunately, children are regularly hurt at daycare and childcare facilities due to the negligence of those entrusted to care for them. It is also quite common to see children injured due to understaffing at these facilities despite the best efforts of dedicated staff members caring for the children under their supervision. Common causes of daycare injuries include the following:
- Failing to prevent a child’s access to harmful chemicals and medications;
- Failing to properly store sharp instruments like scissors, razors, and knives;
- Unprotected stairwells;
- Unsanitary conditions;
- An indoor play area with too many sharp or potentially harmful items;
- Improper storage of objects which causes them to fall off shelves;
- Self-closing doors hitting a child or pinching small fingers;
- Unsafe sleeping arrangements, such as unsecured or unmonitored cribs;
- Failing to learn, accommodate, or respect a child’s food or medication allergies;
- Unsupervised playtime, particularly at playgrounds or on the playground equipment;
- Defective toys;
- Inappropriate toys, in light of the child’s age, like toys with small parts that may cause choking; and
- Abuse or neglect by a daycare provider.
Child Head Trauma
Accidents at playgrounds, childcare facilities, daycares, or other locations may result in a child’s head injury. For example, a childcare provider must require a child to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle and supervise them while they engage in this activity. If the caregiver allows your child to ride without a helmet and your child falls and suffers a head injury, the caregiver may be liable. The caregiver may also be liable if they fail to supervise your child and your child sustains a head injury.
Car accidents occur every day. Unfortunately, when a child is involved in a car accident, serious injuries may result that severely impede a child’s development or growth. You should speak with an accident attorney to help hold the negligent or reckless driver responsible.
Accident poisonings usually affect younger children who may not be aware of the dangers of everyday household chemicals. Despite their regular presence in most households, daycares, and schools, children may accidentally ingest these chemicals, causing severe injury.
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between ages 1-4 and the second leading cause for children ages 5-14. Drownings may occur in lakes, oceans, and even a backyard pool. If, for example, a daycare facility with a pool fails to secure its pool to prevent a child from falling in, it may be liable for negligence.
Though dog bites are not often fatal, they can leave lasting physical and emotional scars. Unfortunately, dog bites are common, and children are most likely to be victims of dog bites.
Defective products may harm children, even when used as directed by the manufacturer. Dangerous toys, playground equipment, and sports equipment can injure children and cause serious injuries or even death.
Statute of Limitations for Child Injury Cases
Georgia law provides a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury cases. This means you must file your lawsuit within two years of the accident. In cases involving a child’s injury, the two-year statute of limitations is generally tolled until the minor reaches the age of 18.
Medical malpractice claims have different deadlines for children under Georgia law. If a child under five experiences an injury due to a healthcare provider, they must file their claim by their seventh birthday. If the injury occurs after their fifth birthday, the child has two years to file a lawsuit.
Promptly speaking with a personal injury attorney is vital to understanding your options and the deadlines that may impact your case. Do not delay.
What Can an Atlanta Child Injury Attorney Help Me Recover?
Recoverable damages in a child injury case are the same as those available to adults. Georgia law allows injured children to seek economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages represent direct financial losses resulting from an injury. Common types of economic damages include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Disability costs, and
- Diminished earning capacity.
Children injured in an accident usually have no work history. However, their injury may be severe enough to prevent them from gaining future employment. Our child injury attorneys in Atlanta can explain the economic damages available in your case.
Non-economic damages represent subjective losses resulting from a child’s injury. These damages include the following:
Due to their intangible nature, recovering non-economic damages without the expertise of a Georgia child injury lawyer is challenging.
MG Law focuses on providing outstanding specialized legal services and resources to our valued clients. When your child is injured in a severe accident, you have more to worry about than attempting to understand the complexities of personal injury law. You and your family may be overwhelmed with emotion. Fortunately, at MG Law, you can find an Atlanta child injury attorney who prioritizes expert service to your and your family. We’ll advocate for your child and fight for their fair compensation. Contact us today to learn how our attorneys can help.