Filing a Legal Claim for an Injured Child – Steps to Take
If you’re like any other parent, you worry about the health and safety of your child all the time. Life, being generally unpredictable, can bring to your doorstep an injury visited upon your child. In such instances, most parents become extremely anxious and do not know where to start when it comes to seeking legal compensation and justice for their child. There are complex factors that make these kinds of cases unlike regular personal injury claims, and we’ll get into the particulars in this post.
Was your child injured due to the negligence of another individual? Please call our child injury attorneys NOW at (855) 959-2465 to learn more about how to help your child get the justice and compensation they truly deserve. Legal representation is important as this will help get your child the damages they need to be made whole again. While a child cannot bring forth a legal claim, we can work together with you to make this possible by filing a legal claim on behalf of them. The child injury lawyers at McCready Law bring to the table over 90 years of legal experience, and we’d love to put it all to work for you. For your 100% FREE legal consultation into child injury lawsuits, please give us a call TODAY at (855) 959-2465.
Guardian Ad Litem for Child Injury Lawsuits
Because minors cannot enter into a contract until they are 18 an older, they cannot decide settlement amounts, defend themselves as well as provide testimony in court or at a deposition. In injury cases involving children, the courts typically appoint something called a Guardian Ad Litem, which is basically an individual who will act in the child’s best interests in mind. This could be an attorney, a relative, or the parent, but the kicker is that this individual cannot be involved in the legal claim in a direct manner. In addition, a Guardian Ad Litem cannot have access to any settlements upon the completion of the case unless a court order decrees it to be so.
Compromise Hearing for Child Injury Claims
If you want to save your child the stress of litigation, a Compromise Hearing is a good option to take. This is typically a settlement agreement to ask the courts to approve a child’s compromise. The Guardian Ad Litem will sign any and all papers on behalf of the minor as a child cannot sign any legally binding documents or agreements on account of their age.
Here are some of the damages a child may recover:
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of medical care
- Emotional counseling
- Legal fees
As the parent of an injured child, you may recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Court-appointed costs
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In order to have a valid legal claim for injured children, it is important you file the claim one year from the discovery of the injury or accident. This is called the statute of limitations, and it is a window within which you have valid claim, the passage of which you will not be able to recover compensation. If your child was injured and you would like to help them seek justice and compensation, please give us a call at (855) 959-2465 to speak with one of our friendly and experienced attorneys. We look forward to hearing from you.