A serious injury can change your child’s life in the blink of an eye. At The Law Offices of Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, our experienced attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of child personal injury claims and will help your child recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Types Of Child Accidents
There are countless ways in which children can be injured in accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States and more than 120,000 children are injured in car accidents each year. Some common injuries children suffer in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Head injuries such as skull fractures, concussions, contusions, and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Lacerations and burns
- Fractured ribs, arms, legs, feet and pelvis
- Lung injuries
- Other internal injuries
Children also often sustain injuries from:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Recreation accidents at playgrounds, parks and swimming pools
- Accidents at school or daycare
- Playing sports
- Dog bites
- Defective products such as dangerous toys, car seats, furniture and household products
- Medical malpractice (often birth injuries)
Some of these injuries can have long-term financial, emotional and physical repercussions for children and their families. The trauma from a serious accident can lead to lifelong emotional distress, nightmares, anxiety, depression and other issues that can affect your child’s quality of life.
What To Do If Your Child Has Been Injured
When your child becomes sick or injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are permitted to file a child personal injury claim on their behalf. Many serious injuries require costly long-term medical treatment, in-home care, special educational services, and other expenses. You may also be entitled to wages for lost time from work.
Pursuing a child personal injury claim is a bit different from seeking compensation for your own injuries. Although a child’s parents or guardian must file the claim, there are additional legal safeguards in place to protect the child’s financial interests. It is vital to contact an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of child personal injury claims to ensure your child’s rights and interests are properly protected.
In New Jersey, there are several ways that child personal injury settlements are held until a child becomes an adult. The funds may be deposited with the County Surrogate’s office, as required by NJ statute, or an annuity can be purchased in the child’s name. Children with ongoing expenses such as medical care may be better served by having some or all of their settlement placed in a special needs trust. A skilled attorney will help you understand the child personal injury claims process and determine which option will best fit your child’s and family’s specific needs.
If your child has been injured, our attorneys at The Law Offices of Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, will assist you with your child personal injury claim and work to ensure your child gets the compensation they deserve. Contact us online or call 732-936-9901 to schedule a free consultation.