Practice Areas / Death & Serious Injuries / Injuries to Babies and Children

Children need the most protection.

We’re parents too.  We understand that if your child has been hurt, you’re likely experiencing lots of different emotions. Upset, if your child is suffering. Worried, if you don’t know how severe the harm is. Angry, if the injury was caused by someone’s carelessness or recklessness. Devastated, if the injuries were life-altering or fatal. We can help you weather the storm.

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We protect kids when they need it the most.

Children are defenseless and need our protection. Their physical vulnerability can result in injuries, their cognitive immaturity can make them unable to recognize danger, and their trusting nature can expose them to risk. We are accomplished trial lawyers who use the power of our justice system to help families recover when their children are harmed or killed by carelessness.

Cases involving a child require special care.

Legal claims arising out of a child’s injury or death have some unique aspects. When searching for a lawyer to represent your family, it’s important to choose a trial attorney with the right experience.

For example:

  • The time for filing a claim or lawsuit is often extended until after the child turns 18. This provides time to carefully evaluate the injury and make certain all harms are known.
  • A person under the age of 18 cannot hire an attorney or file a personal injury lawsuit on his/her own. A parent or guardian must hire the attorney on behalf of the child.
  • A seriously injured child may have a legal claim for future lost wages due to an inability to work.
  • Children are held to different legal standards than adults. Children are not necessarily responsible for their own actions, which can prevent the wrongdoer from claiming “the child was more at fault than I was.”
  • The settlement of a child injury lawsuit or legal claim must typically be approved by a court.
  • In many cases, once a court has approved a settlement or claim, the child may not receive funds until he/she is 18 years old. By law, settlement funds are often placed in a trust account on behalf of the child.

We handle all types of cases involving injury to or death of a child.

Before placing your child’s case in a lawyer’s hands, check the lawyer’s jury trial experience and confirm the lawyer has experience litigating cases involving children.

our experience includes cases involving:

  • physical or sexual abuse by babysitters, daycare workers, teachers, pastors or others in positions of trust or power
  • medical negligence at birth
  • burns from appliances or caustic substances like household cleaners
  • car accidents
  • defective car seats, strollers or products for infants
  • inattentive employees at daycare facilities or neglect by babysitters
  • dog bites
  • drowning or near-drowning at swimming pools
  • hazardous toys
  • tip-over incidents involving household appliances, furniture and large TVs
  • dangerous or defective rides at amusement parks, playgrounds or other places that attract children
  • school bus accidents

Our actions show we care.

According to government data, each year more than 12,000 children in the U.S. die from unintentional injuries, and more than 9.2 million are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries. Every day, children suffer serious injuries. Here are some of the results we have achieved when given the responsibility of protecting a child:

$5,999,100 Jury Verdict

for the abuse of a child by a volunteer at a church-operated daycare.

Confidential Settlement

for injuries caused by an amusement ride.

Confidential Settlement

for a baby's death due to inattentiveness by a babysitter.

$1,770,000 Settlement

for a high school student's death arising out of car accident.

$635,000 Settlement

for a young girl injured at a daycare facility.

$630,000 Settlement

for a child's death caused when a poorly maintained porch collapsed.

$225,000 Settlement

for scars to a young boy's face caused by a vicious dog.

$199,658 Settlement

for a young boy bitten by a dog in the genital area

*The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.

We strive for results that help our community.

For example, we have:

  • negotiated a settlement that included significant rule changes in a school district
  • obtained a settlement that required a company to install safety devices in all housing units and issue a public service announcement regarding the importance of the safety device
  • obtained an injunction in favor of a student who was improperly prevented from having a service animal in her sorority house
  • achieved a result that kept a family together and allowed them to return to the U.S. and not be subject to a 10-year bar under immigration laws
  • negotiated a settlement that required a daycare operator to make safety improvements at the facility

We're ready to fight for your child.

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