It's devastating to discover your child suffered severe injuries that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you know. There are many situations that pose a threat to children, and if an individual or business failed to uphold certain responsibilities to ensure safety, your family might have rights within the law to receive proper restitution.
Major Causes of Child Injury Accidents
There are many ways children are injured in tragic accidents that could have been avoided. As a result, they can experience life-altering conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, third-degree burns, disfigurement and scarring, paralysis, eye injuries, and internal organ damage.
Here are some of the potentially negligent situations that present dangers to children.
Distracted driving, speeding, intoxication, and drowsy driving are a few causes of car collisions in Southern California. Even if children are in a vehicle's back seat or a booster seat, they can suffer catastrophic injuries in a wreck. School bus and back-over accidents are other common ways children are hurt in collisions.
Daycare providers have a duty to keep the property safe, remove any hazards, and properly supervise children in their care. When the staff isn't trained, is inexperienced, or breach their duty of care, daycare accidents children experience include neck, spine, and brain injuries, burns, choking, or drowning.
Children are often unfortunate victims in dog attacks, which cause permanent scarring and disfigurement—especially to the face—and eye injuries. But under California’s dog bite law, the animal's owner may be strictly liable to compensate your child for injuries.
When swimming pool owners fail to properly maintain their properties or provide supervision, there's a threat of drowning. Food and drink spills in the pool area, or water and debris not cleaned up in restrooms frequently result in slip and fall accidents.
While a day at an amusement park may be a great way for kids to have fun, they can experience catastrophic injuries or death if a ride malfunctions or untrained workers cause problems. An amusement park owner may also be negligent if food and drink spills, unsecured fencing or stairs, pavement cracks and potholes, or uncleaned water and debris in restaurants or restrooms cause an injury.
Slip and Fall Accidents
When property owners and businesses neglect to properly maintain their properties, remove hazards that can lead to falls, and post warning signs, slip and fall accidents are common. These incidents often occur in:
- A family member or friend’s home
- Grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Doctors' offices
- Playgrounds and parks
Compensation Your Child Could Be Entitled to in a Child Injury Case
Under California law, a child is entitled to compensation from the negligent party that caused his accident. Financial recovery may include:
- Medical expenses
- Home care costs
- Modifications to a vehicle or home
- Educational programs and staff needed to help a child in school
- Pain and suffering
- Wage loss damages if a child’s injuries limit the types of work he can do in the future or if he's permanently disabled
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
If your loved one suffered injuries in a child injury accident, I'm ready to detail his legal options to you, take over the filing of his claim, and negotiate a rightful settlement with the insurance company. Your focus should be on helping him heal and adjust to any long-term consequences of his injuries. Call my San Diego office to schedule your free consultation today and learn how we can help your family recover.