Every parent wants their child to be healthy and happy. One of parents’ worst fears is seeing a child in pain. If your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney who can deal with the legal issues at hand while you focus on helping your child heal. Call the Houston personal injury lawyers with The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 to find out how they can help you obtain compensation for your losses.
Children are Often Involved in Accidents
Accidents involving children can lead to serious harm and even death. Although no parent expects their child to be the victim of a serious accident, each year 9.2 million children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sadly, injuries resulting from preventable accidents are the leading cause of death among children. Nearly 20 children die every day from a preventable injury. Some of the most common accidents involving children include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Defective or dangerous products
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Daycare accidents due to negligent supervision
- Slip and falls
- Playground accidents
- Injuries sustained during birth
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park or trampoline park accidents
Personal Injury Cases Involving Children
When a child suffers an injury because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, parents may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical costs
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
- Loss of earning capacity if that child has income
In Texas, personal injury cases involving children under the age of 18 are often handled differently because minors cannot legally be bound by a contract. Thus, unlike an adult, a child lacks the legal capacity to enter into a settlement agreement.
Because minors are not capable of bringing a personal injury claim on their own, a “friendly suit” can be filed in order to obtain court approval to settle a personal injury claim involving a minor. When a friendly suit is filed, the court appoints an independent guardian ad litem, which is an attorney tasked with determining whether the settlement is in the best interest of the child. If the court approves the settlement, it then becomes binding on the child.
How a Houston Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If your child has been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is essential that you seek the assistance of an experienced child injury attorney as soon as possible. The compassionate legal team at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. understands how devastating a child injury can be on a family and we are here to help you every step of the way.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we will evaluate your claim, explain your legal options, and help you determine the best course of action. We are committed to providing your family with strong legal advocacy, and we will fight to obtain the maximum compensation available. We have the experience, skill, and resources to build strong cases and to hold accountable the parties responsible for your child’s injury.
Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free, no-risk case consultation with one of our skilled Houston personal injury lawyers. We will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.