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  • Drivers Have an Increased Burden to Exercise Caution Around Children Exercise proper caution when driving in areas populated by children to avoid a San Diego traffic accident. Call a San Diego accident lawyer: 1-888-845-6269.
  • Medical Bills | What To Know in a California Child Injury Settlement However, with government medical bills, there are special California statutory protections in place. For example, a California county may have a medical lien
  • Best Legal Defenses to Ca Child Injury Case | San Diego Kid Injury Lawyer It should be expected that a defense lawyer will search out evidence that an injured child is exaggerating his or her injuries. Facebook and other online...
  • Protective Orders | Speedy Trial Request | Injured Child in San Diego, CA As mentioned, your Cal child’s injury lawyer can obtain protective orders to protect your child during discovery, depositions, and trial. Briefly, here are....
  • California Parental Liability | Teen-Age Kid Driving | San Diego Child Injuries San Diego Kid Injury Lawyer: All California parents need to explore parental liability for teenage driving prior to signing for a license for their teenager...
  • California Civil Liability to Parents | Minor Kids & Child Injuries & Accidents The California Supreme Court ruled that an adult homeowner accused of negligently failing to supervise her son (also an adult)—thus enabling him to repeatedly
  • California Child Crimes | Juvenile Court, Sealing Records | Kid Injury Law Firm If your minor child is charged with a crime in California then he or she would be arraigned (administered) in the California juvenile court system.
  • Death of a Fetus & Preconception Injuries in California | San Diego Child Injuries Many people have inquired about wrongful death actions for unborn fetuses in California. Each state in the United States varies on whether a person may bring...
  • Dangers with Newer Baby Car Seats | Chula Vista California Child Injury Law Firm Chula Vista Child Accident Law Firm: Some Dangers with the Newer Baby Car Seats As an experienced San Diego California Product Liability Lawyer, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of restraining your child in a car safety seat appropriately, and encouraging parents in general to make sure that their children are restrained properly in well-made car safety seats. However, a new study shows that the newer car seat systems, which allow parents dual usage; i.e., to use baby car seats not just for travel but also as a "baby carrier," have led to thousands of child injuries.
  • Halloween Night Tips To Avoid California Child Pedestrian Accidents Chula Vista Child Injury Law Firm Advises on Halloween Night and the Dangers with Child Pedestrian Accidents: Tips on Being Careful and Safe During Trick or Treating! According to published reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year more than 4,000 children aged between 5 and 14 are injured in pedestrian accidents on Halloween night. During other nights of the year, the average number of children injured in accidents is much less, approximately 1,000 kids are injured. As the festivities of Halloween comes each year, California Child Pedestrian Attorneys would advise motorists around California to take extra safety precautions while driving around neighborhoods at night to avoid little trick-or-treaters knocking on doors looking for candies.
  • Glossary for Injured California Children | by San Diego Child Accident Attorney San Diego Child Accident Law Firm: The following glossary words will help explain some state and federal programs in relation to injured children. It will also cover some key legal lingo that will help you make sense of the different words that you will hear from your California child injury lawyer, or the claims adjuster regarding your child’s injury:
  • California Child Injury San Diego | Minor Child Testimony in Trial Southern California Injured Child Law Firm: When children do have to testify at a trial or hearing, rest assured that the trial judge will go to great lengths to make sure that neither lawyer asks the child any leading questions (questions that suggest the answer), and that the child is not in any minor way harmed or intimidated by the questions, or treated with anything but respect. Every case is unique and every child injury is different, and your injury lawyer can best counsel you as to whether or not your child must attend should the case proceed to trial.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Child Injuries | San Diego, El Cajon Child Accident Southern California Child Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane briefly explains "Guardian Ad Litem:" An enforceable settlement of a child’s injury case can only be consummated with California court approval per California Probate Code Sections 2504, 3500, 3600, and per California Code of Civil Procedure Section 372.
  • Minor Child Settlement Under $5,000.00 | San Diego California Child Law El Cajon Child Accident Law Firm: If the monetary settlement is below $5,000.00, the California Probate Code Sections 3611(d), and 3401 has routinely allowed custodial parents to manage the settlement funds directly on behalf of their minor children thereby not mandating the filing for court approval when minor settlements are below $5,000.00.
  • Attorneys' Fees in Representing an Injured Minor Child | San Diego, CA California Statutory Attorney's Fees for Representing an injured child in California: In addition to approval of the settlement itself, attorneys fees to be paid for representing the injured minor child must be approved by the court pursuant to California Family Code Section 6602, and California Probate Code Section 3601. As a parent, you should also be aware that there is California statutory cap on what a lawyer can charge your injured child as a contingency fee for legal services. A lawyer may not charge more than a 25% contingency fee on any recovery for an injured minor child.
  • Injured Child San Diego | Reasons for a Guardian Ad Litem Approval Oceanside Child Accident Attorney Explains: As long as a guardian or conservator has not previously been appointed for the minor child, the most common way to have a California court approve a minor’s monetary settlement from an injury is to appoint the child’s mother or father as the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). Even if a guardian or conservator has previously been appointed to the minor child, a court can still appoint a Guardian Ad Litem if it deems it expedient to do so; to get the settlement for the child’s injuries moving along.
  • Injured Minor Children San Diego | Child Injury Trial Testimony San Diego Child Injury Law Firm: When a child is injured, all parents want to make sure their child first receives the best medical care available. If the child is injured, due at least in some part, by a negligent party, most parents go through the difficult thought process of attempting to determine whether binging legal action against the negligent party will or will not be in the best interest of their injured child. There is a public perception that legal action or litigation can be difficult for children and bring a legal action may not be worth it in the end. This can be especially true for molestation or abuse cases. To this end, the courts and the law in every state, provide special protection to children when they are involved in the litigation process.
  • California Statute of Limitations for Injured Children | San Diego Lawyer San Diego Injured Child Accident Law Firm: Every parent should be aware that under California law, the statute of limitations, i.e., the time that an injury case needs to be settled or a lawsuit needs to be filed in an appropriate court of law, is generally two years from the date of accident against a private party.
  • San Diego Child Injuries/Accidents & Parental Liability-What You Need to Know San Diego Child Accident/Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane explains: As a parent of a minor child who is in your physical and legal custody, you are well advised to supervise your minor children and make everything in your power to prevent them from getting in violent fights, conflict with others, and intentionally causing injuries, as California law imposes serious liability on parents of minor children in such circumstances without hesitation.
  • Parental Liability for Children's Intentional Conduct in California San Diego Child Injury Lawyer Mark C. Blane explains Parental Liability is also imposed by statute (California law) on parents for the intentional misconduct of children in other situations. These other situations are explained in his blog post. The bottom line is all parents assume legal responsibility for their children. California law enforces this responsibility through the California court system.