Parents live in fear of a serious injury to their child; and, despite their best efforts, these injuries are far more common than they should be. If your child has been injured and it was someone else’s fault, you can hold them accountable.
The Philadelphia child and personal injury lawyers at Wapner Newman are proud to fight for our clients to get them the help and compensation they deserve. If your child has experienced a serious injury and you want justice, we want to help.
Contact a child injury lawyer today to schedule your free consultation.
Negligence Isn’t a Crime – But There are Still Consequences
When someone intentionally hurts a child, the criminal justice system springs into action to bring the perpetrator to justice. But what about the countless number of child injuries that were entirely preventable, even if they weren’t intentional?
This is where negligence comes into play. Negligence means carelessness, or a failure to do what is reasonably required. For example, a driver who is texting behind the wheel and strikes a child might not have meant to hurt the child, but they should still be held responsible for their actions.
If a child suffers serious injuries because of someone else’s carelessness, you are well within your rights to consider taking legal action to receive payment for the many costs you and your child are facing as a result. Through personal injury claims, parents can seek compensation that helps them cope with consequences of a negligent party’s actions.
You might not be sure whether your case calls for a personal injury claim. Wapner Newman offers free consultations so we can hear the details of your case and offer you our thoughts about the legal options you have available.
Cases Involving Child Injuries
A child can suffer harm in nearly any environment, but there are a few common scenarios that lead to personal injury claims. These include:
Vehicle accidents – If a child is injured in a vehicle accident, then a personal injury claim can ensure that the at-fault party and their insurance company pay the costs the child and their family are facing.
Premises liability – When a child is injured because a property’s conditions are dangerous, the property owner or manager can be held accountable through premises liability claims. These claims might result from slip and fall injuries, swimming pool accidents, amusement park injuries, dog bites or negligent security.
Product liability – Many products designed for children can cause a child serious harm, either because they contain defects or they are improperly labeled. A child injury stemming from a dangerous product can lead to a product liability claim, in which a product’s manufacturer is named in a lawsuit.
Negligent childcare – Sadly, the people we trust with our children are the ones that cause our child harm. In these cases, personal injury claims can be filed against the negligent childcare providers to make sure they pay the costs of their negligence.
Medical malpractice – When doctors and nurses fail to deliver healthcare in keeping with the standards of their profession, they can be held accountable for the costs of their careless actions. Some of the most common medical malpractice cases involving children include birth injuries, surgical errors, misdiagnosis or medication errors.
Injury Cases Involving Children Are Unique
Because children have their entire lives in front of them and they are still in critical stages of development, their injuries are usually far more consequential than those suffered by adults. A child’s entire life can be impacted by an injury.
A child injury can affect so many of life’s opportunities and limit their ability to enjoy life. If you’re considering filing a legal claim on behalf of your child, make sure you find an attorney who has experience handling child injury cases. These claims often involve damages far greater than other injury claims, and you should feel comfortable placing your trust in an advocate who knows what they’re doing.
At Wapner Newman, we know how to build a case that reflects the suffering you and your child have experienced. We want to make sure you get the payment you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Damages in Child Injury Cases
The term damages means the many costs you encounter after an accident and injury. Some of the most common damages sought in child injury claims include:
- Medical expenses
- Accommodations for a child’s special needs
- Ongoing care, treatment and rehabilitation
- Impact on a child’s quality of life
- Impact on a child’s earning potential throughout their life
- Pain and suffering experience by a child.
These are just a few of the damages you might factor into your claim. We work closely with clients to find out the extent of the damages their child has suffered, so we can be sure they get the payment they need.
Contact An Experienced Philadelphia Child Injury Lawyer Today
If your child was injured and you want the at-fault party to be held accountable, we are here to help. Our legal team has experience with many types of child injury cases, and we want to put our experienced and skilled staff to work for you.
Call Wapner Newman today or fill out our online contact form to learn how we can help. We offer free consultations, and you are under no obligation to move forward with a claim.