North Carolina and South Carolina Child Injury Attorney
Was your child injured due to someone else’s negligence? No one ever wants to see a child fall victim to a serious accident or injury. Unfortunately, thousands of children are severely injured every year in the United States due to negligent individuals, property owners, and companies. As a parent, you have the right to seek compensation for all of the losses caused by your child’s injury. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor understand how children’s injuries affect the children and their families; we have experience handling cases involving injuries to children and all of the unique issues that arise with such matters. If your child was injured, call our firm at (800) 351-3008 or schedule an appointment online.
Types of Children’s Cases We Handle
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- Bicycle Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Slip and Fall
- Daycare Accidents/Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
Unique Issues With Children’s Cases
We understand that a case involving a child has to be handled differently from an adult’s case. Cases involving children present unique challenges in terms of treatment, pain and suffering, and long-term outlooks.
At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, our legal team is used to working with families and children of all ages and all degrees of injuries. Not only do children’s cases require a different practical approach, but they differ procedurally as well. In North Carolina and South Carolina, most settlements involving children require that a Court approve the minor’s settlement.
At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, our team is highly experienced in handling court-approved minor settlements and the many decisions involved with holding a minor’s settlement in trust or placing the funds into an annuity.
How Do I Hold Someone Liable For My Child’s Injuries?
Establishing liability for a child’s injuries involves proving that the party you’re holding accountable acted carelessly or irresponsibly, and their actions (or lack thereof) led directly or indirectly to the child’s harm. This is often established through the legal concept of negligence.
First, you must demonstrate that the individual or entity had a duty of care towards the child. For instance, a daycare center has an obligation to keep the children in their care safe.
Second, you need to show that this duty of care was breached, meaning the individual or entity failed to act with reasonable care and caution.
Third, you must prove causation – that this breach of duty is what caused the injuries.
Fourth and finally, you have to demonstrate damages – that the child suffered actual harm, whether physical, psychological or financial.
For example, if your child was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you would have to prove that the driver had a duty to drive safely, failed to do so by speeding or running a red light, and this directly resulted in your child’s injuries.
During this process, an experienced personal injury attorney can be instrumental in gathering evidence, dealing with insurance companies, and advocating for the rights of your child in court.
What Compensation is Available for Child Injury Claims?
In child injury cases, there are multiple types of compensation that could be potentially available. Each child injury case is unique, and the amount and types of compensation available can depend on numerous factors. The most common types of compensation sought in child injury claims include:
Medical Bills: Compensation for medical expenses includes the cost of emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, and any future medical care the child may need as a result of the injury.
Pain and Suffering: Compensation may be sought for the physical pain and mental anguish that the child has suffered.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If the child’s injuries prevent them from participating in activities they once enjoyed, they may be entitled to compensation.
Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: If the child’s injuries lead to permanent disability or disfigurement, additional compensation may be awarded.
Emotional Distress: The trauma of the accident and the subsequent injuries may have caused significant emotional distress to the child.
Future Losses: If the injuries will impact the child’s future ability to earn a living or enjoy life as they would have without the injury, compensation may be available.
Punitive Damages: In cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious or malicious, the court may award punitive damages to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future.
Remember, this is a general list and the specifics of your case can greatly affect what compensation you may be entitled to. Always consult with an experienced child injury lawyer to understand your rights and potential compensation in a personal injury claim for your child.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
Our child injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor are dedicated to helping you navigate the difficult path of a child injury claim. Below, we outline how our team can be of assistance in this challenging time.
Legal Advice and Strategy
Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to provide you the best legal advice possible. We carefully analyze the details of your case to develop a comprehensive strategy designed to secure maximum compensation for your child’s injury.
Investigation and Evidence Gathering
Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury, gathering crucial evidence to strengthen your case. This may include gathering medical records, accident reports, and eye-witness accounts.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Dealing with insurance companies can be a daunting task. Our lawyers are skilled negotiators who will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive a fair settlement that fully covers the extent of your child’s damages.
Representing You in Court
Should your case go to court, you can count on our lawyers to provide vigorous representation. We will present a compelling case, refute the defendant’s defenses and tirelessly advocate for your rights and the well-being of your child.
Beyond obtaining compensation, our duty to you extends post-settlement. We help ensure that awarded funds are appropriately managed and preserved for the future needs of your child. In cases involving minor settlements, we handle the complexities of setting up annuities where necessary.
Expert Witnesses for Children’s Cases
In some cases, children sustain severe and life-altering injuries that require extensive medical treatment and, in some cases, lifelong care. In those types of cases, you need a law firm with experience in hiring experts to testify and determine costs, such as for future treatment.
At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we have extensive experience working with various experts to maximize the amount of compensation our clients receive for cases involving child injuries.
Don’t Wait to Contact Us
As a parent of an injured child, your priority should be on making sure your child is getting the care and treatment they need for their injury. However, parents of injured children should be aware of possible personal injury claims against the person or business responsible for their child’s injuries.
The sooner you contact an attorney about your child’s injury, the sooner the attorney can work to secure the evidence needed for your child’s case. Therefore, if your child has been injured through the fault of someone else, it is in your best interest to contact the North Carolina child injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor as soon as possible so that we can begin to take the steps necessary to obtain the best results for your child’s case and recover compensation.