20.6 million children are injured every year, resulting in billions in health care costs and untold amounts of pain and suffering for injured kids and their families. Child injuries aren’t inevitable – in fact, in most cases they’re completely preventable. But when child injuries do occur, it’s important to have a good idea of your legal rights and know the basics about how to deal with the injury.
Types of Child Accidents
From traffic deaths to burn injuries, drowning to unsafe household products, there are practically as many causes of child injury as there are individual children. While parents can make sure children are supervised at all times and teach children safety strategies to protect their health and well-being, not all child injuries can be prevented. Unfortunately, child abuse remains a significant problem in this country, as do issues such as unsafe products like child safety seats that provide inadequate protection to children in cars. The World Health Organization (WHO) counted over 875,000 deaths worldwide due to child injury and abuse in 2002 alone.
Whether your child suffers criminal negligence or abuse, a traumatic brain injury or the effects of a dangerous pediatric drug, the effects of child injury can be wide-reaching. Caretakers, manufacturers or individuals whose behavior contributes to child injuries can be held liable under negligence and products liability laws on a federal and state level, and successful child injury litigation is entirely possible depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury. However, effective child injury lawsuits involve extensive investigations, consultation of expert witnesses, and an often time-consuming legal process that can involve doctor’s appointments, deposition testimony, and in-court appearances.
Helping Your Family Move Forward
If your child was injured in an accident, or due to a household product, or the negligence of another person, contact a child injury attorney as soon as possible. The right lawyer will possess the experience, contacts and reputation necessarily to properly litigate a complex child injury case in your state. The law offices of Steven H. Heisler specialize in representing personal injury victims, including injured children and their parents. Think you have a legitimate child injury claim? Strict state statutes of limitations mean that your time to file may be limited. Don’t waste time – get in touch with the law offices of Steven H. Heisler as soon as possible for more information on child injury litigation. Your consultation is no-cost, no-obligation, and completely confidential – contact us today for more information. If you need additional information about caring for a disabled child, browse our resources for disabled persons.