Young children deserve our protection. We need to make society safe for kids. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, children end up getting injured in preventable accidents. Children are more likely to be involved in an accident, and when accidents do occur, they are also more likely to sustain especially severe injuries.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in every 6 American children visit the emergency room each year. Of course, some of these visits are inevitable, but many could have been avoided with proper safety precautions.
At MG Law, our compassionate Georgia child injury lawyers have deep experience handling many different types of child injury claims. We know how devastating it can be for parents to see their child hurt in an accident. We also know that the accident is not your child’s fault.
Our law firm will help you hold the responsible party legally liable for their recklessness or carelessness. If your child was injured in an accident in Georgia please do not hesitate to contact us today for a FREE consultation.
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We Handle All Types of Child Injury Cases
At MG Law, our law firm is proud to offer a full array of personal injury services to individuals and families in Georgia. Our child injury attorneys handle claims involving all types of accidents. As all parents know full well, children can sustain injuries in a seemingly endless number of ways.
No matter the circumstances of your case, our child injury team is standing by, ready to fight for the best interests of your family. Among other things, our attorneys handle claims involving:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian collisions;
- Medical negligence;
- Medical malpractice;
- Premises liability;
- Property owner negligence;
- Unsafe children’s toys;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- School injuries;
- Daycare injuries;
- Playground & sports injuries; and
- Intentional injuries.
What To Do If Your Child Is Injured
- Get Medical Attention
Injured children always require professional medical attention. Please do not take any chances with the health and safety of your child. After an accident, you should get them to a hospital or doctor as soon as you possibly can. Our legal team is ready to work with your child’s doctors.
- Document Your Child’s Accident
To the best of your ability, you should try to proactively document your child’s accident and injuries. Of course, this can be difficult to do in the chaotic scene immediately following an accident. Try to take pictures of the accident scene, photograph your child’s injuries, get contact information for witnesses, and write down exactly what happened to cause the accident.
- File a Report
All child injuries should be reported to the appropriate parties. Where you file a report and who you send it to will depend entirely on the specific circumstances of your claim. For example, if your child was injured in a local car accident, you will need to report the crash to the Conyers Police Department or Georgia State Patrol.
Alternatively, if your kid was hurt in an accident that happened at school, their injuries should be reported to their teachers and the administration. If you are not sure how to report the accident, our GA child injury attorneys will assist you.
- Consult With an Attorney
You do not have to work through this process all by yourself. If your child was seriously injured in an accident, you should seek legal advice. Recovering fair compensation is difficult, especially in child injuries cases. The best thing that you can do to protect your interests is to work with any businesses, schools, insurance companies, or other defendants directly through your injury lawyer.
Who is Responsible for a Child’s Injuries?
To hold another party legally liable for your child’s injuries, you will be required to prove that their negligence, in some form, contributed to the accident. Notably, minor injury claims involve certain unique considerations. One of the most important things to know about child injuries claims is that individuals, businesses, and organizations often have heightened duties to look out for the safety of children, especially to young children.
Your kid should not be blamed for an accident. The adults in charge need to keep children safe. Our Georgia child injury attorneys will determine who let your child down and put their safety at risk. Some common examples of defendants may include:
- Caretakers who were in charge of watching your child;
- Public and private schools;
- Coaches and organized sports teams;
- Businesses and property owners;
- Motorists; and
- Product manufacturers and distributors.
Financial Compensation Available in Child Injury Claims
Parents need to be able to recover full and fair compensation for their children. If your child was injured, he or she must be able to get high-quality medical care. How much compensation is available will depend on several different factors.
- Nature and severity of the injury: The extent and severity of the child’s injury will play a significant role in determining compensation. Severe injuries with long-lasting effects, such as permanent disability or disfigurement, generally result in higher compensation.
- Medical expenses: The total medical expenses incurred for the child’s treatment, including hospital bills, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, and ongoing care, are typically considered when calculating compensation. The cost of future medical needs may also be taken into account.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation may be awarded for the physical and emotional pain, suffering, and distress experienced by the child due to the injury. The long-term impact on their quality of life and the duration and intensity of their pain will be considered.
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life: If the child’s injury has resulted in a loss of enjoyment of activities, hobbies, or a diminished quality of life, it may be factored into the compensation. This can include limitations on physical abilities, social interactions, education, and overall development.
- Permanent disability or impairment: If the child has suffered a permanent disability or impairment that affects their future opportunities and abilities, the compensation may be increased to account for these long-term consequences.
- Emotional and psychological impact: Emotional trauma, mental anguish, and psychological effects resulting from the injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression, may be considered when determining compensation.
- Impact on future earning potential: In cases where the child’s injury may affect their ability to earn a living in the future, compensation may be awarded to account for the loss of potential income or diminished earning capacity.
- Comparative negligence or liability: If the child’s injury was partly caused by their own actions or the actions of their parents or guardians, it may affect the final compensation amount. Some jurisdictions follow the principle of comparative negligence, which means that the compensation may be reduced based on the degree of fault assigned to each party involved.
- Insurance coverage and financial resources: The insurance coverage of the responsible party and their financial resources may also influence the potential compensation. If the liable party has limited coverage or assets, it can impact the recoverable amount.
It’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in child injury cases to assess the specific factors relevant to your situation and jurisdiction. Our lawyers can provide personalized advice and help you navigate the legal process to seek fair compensation for your child’s injury.
Was Your Child Injured in Georgia?
Our legal team can help. At MG Law, our Conyers, GA child injuries lawyers are ready to fight for the rights of your family. We are committed to providing compassionate legal representation to all of our clients. If your child was injured in any type of accident in Georgia, please contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. At MG Law, our injury attorneys handle all child injury claims on contingency — there will never be any upfront bills or out-of-pocket costs for you.