Parents will do everything in their power to protect their children. Unfortunately, they cannot always protect them from the actions of others. If your child sustained an injury in Florida, and you believe someone else was legally responsible, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to compensate for the full extent of the damages he or she suffered. Contact the Law Offices at David I. Fuchs to schedule a free and strategic review of your legal options.
Injuries such as bumps, scrapes, and bruises may be a natural part of childhood, but serious harm can arise from negligence. Parents interested in obtaining a personal injury lawyer and filing a claim should be familiar with the following elements that lay the groundwork for a suit:
Children can be natural daredevils. Often, children don’t know their own limitations or may be too immature to grasp the danger of a potentially harmful situation – that’s why negligent supervision is potentially so serious. Child injury cases may arise from many types of issues, but some of the most common situations underlying them include:
Parents charge other adults with the safety of their children when they send them to school, allow them to participate in recreational sports, or send them to daycare. When a person formally charged with children’s safety fails to supervise or keep them safe from reasonably foreseeable injury, the parents or guardian of that child may have grounds for a claim based on negligent supervision.
Healthcare providers owe a duty of care to all their patients. Children may sustain injuries as a result of misdiagnosis or failure to control a dangerous medical condition in the womb, or they may experience preventable complications from a difficult birth. Medical mistakes are a common cause of birth and childhood injury and parents may have grounds for compensation.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have a high duty of care when it comes to the production and marketing of children’s toys. Failure to warn of the risks, product defects, and inherent flaws in product design may all be responsible for causing harm and give rise to a personal injury claim.
Property owners similarly have a higher duty of care to children. Even if a child trespasses on a person’s property and sustains an injury, parents may have valid grounds for a claim based on the attractive nuisance doctrine.
An injury to a child can be serious, and the consequences can last a lifetime. If your child recently suffered harm and you believe someone else is legally responsible, contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs today and arrange a free initial consultation with our firm.