The last thing any parent or guardian ever wants to experience is a serious injury to their child. Parents today are faced with the constant worry that their child could be involved in an accident due to a seemingly endless list of potential causes.
Children face the daily risk to be injured because of a defective product or toy, an adult’s negligence, or faulty playground equipment.
Children unfortunately may also access prescription medications in the house and ingest them, causing potential poisoning.
While the pain and suffering of child injuries cannot always be avoided, there are a number of situations where the financial costs of your child’s injury can be covered by someone else.
If your child has suffered an injury in the state of Washington, then you should seek the advice of an experienced child injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injury, medical care, and pain and suffering.
Common Types of Child Injuries
The active and social nature of children can sometimes lead to injuries they are unable to prevent. Bumps and bruises occur frequently just from kids being kids. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the injuries are much more than a simple bump or bruise.
Common types of serious child injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Head Trauma
- Accidental Poisoning
- Birth Injuries
Sometimes, accidents lead to the ultimate tragedy in a child losing their life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the top reason for the death of a child under the age of 14 is a motor vehicle accident.
The second leading cause of death on this list is drowning. Many times, these tragic deaths occur because of someone else’s negligence; either from negligent driving or the failure to properly secure a swimming pool.
This is not a complete list of possible child injuries by any means. If your child has suffered a serious injury or a wrongful death, then it is advisable to get in touch with an experienced attorney as soon as possible so you can understand what options you may have.
What to Do if Your Child is Injured
The first and most important thing to do if your child suffers a personal injury is to seek immediate medical attention.
This critical care can be the difference in your child’s ability to recover from serious injury. While this period of time could very traumatic as a parent, it is important to keep a clear head and take down as much information about the setting and situation that led to your child’s injury.
If your child was injured from a toy or other product, don’t throw it away! The ability of your attorney to help you and your child is greatly assisted by all the things you can do as a parent to help build a case. Were you a witness to what happened? Write down what you saw and take pictures and video of anything that might be useful.
It is infinitely better to have too much information than not enough when trying to piece together the events that lead to serious child injuries. Make sure to gather any and all documents related to your child’s injury, treatment, and other care.
It is not only a practice of good organization; it is also hugely beneficial to the strength of your child injury case.
How to be Compensated for Your Child’s Injury
If your child is under the age of 18, the state of Washington considers them a minor. In the state of Washington, a minor cannot file a lawsuit by themselves.
The only way a lawsuit gets filed for a minor is through a court-appointed guardian. A guardian is someone that the court determines will act in the best interests of the child regarding the lawsuit that will be filed on the child’s behalf.
Many times, the child’s parents are appointed by the court to file a lawsuit on their behalf. Once a guardian is appointed on behalf of the child, then that person will go forward in pursuing a case to receive compensation for the child and their injuries.
Sofia’s No Fee Guarantee
Attorney Sofia K. Miguel guarantees that you will never write a check to our office under Sofia’s “No Fee Guarantee.”
Consultations are free and if your case is selected, then Sofia will also cover all court costs during your case. Sofia only gets paid when you get paid. Her services will cost you nothing out of pocket; simple as that.
Let Sofia’s nearly twenty years of experience in helping people recover for their personal injuries get to work for you now. If your child has suffered a serious injury or a tragic death, attorney Sofia Miguel is standing by to answer your questions and help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Call us at 253-200-4471, come visit our office right here in Puyallup at 702 S. Hill Park Dr. #207, or contact us online anytime. We are here for you.