When a child is seriously injured or killed in a car accident, it is one of the most devastating things a family can go through. If your child was recently in serious car accident, you are likely consumed with grief and anger while dealing with your child’s injury. Our team at Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP has helped numerous families through their most traumatic times of their lives. Our heart goes out to the children and their loved ones who suffer when a tragic accident occurs. We offer you our condolences and want you to know we are here to help as your legal advisors and confidantes when you need us.
Even though you are preoccupied in the wake of the accident, it helps to know that you might have a form of legal recourse worth considering. If another party’s negligence caused the wreck, you might be able to file a claim or lawsuit and recover damages. While no amount of money will undo the harm to your child, holding negligent parties accountable can compensate you for your financial and emotional losses.
Did negligence cause the accident and your child’s injuries?
In order to file a claim or suit and receive compensation, there must be some form of negligence that contributed to the accident. It’s not just blatant negligence like drunk driving that can substantiate a case; there are a lot of behaviors that the law considers as negligence. A few examples of negligence are below.
- A driver who was acting recklessly, texting while driving, speeding, or driving under the influence
- A truck driver who had driven too many hours or didn’t have proper training
- A faulty car part that caused the accident, such as a defective tire or brakes
- A defective car seat that failed to protect the child in the crash
- A hit and run driver
As a parent, you have a right to know what caused the accident and who you can hold responsible. We recommend speaking with a local child injury attorney to help you get to the bottom of the accident. A lawyer can help with investigations, consult field experts that assess your case and analyze fault. If there is a liable party (defendant), such as a driver or manufacturer, your attorney can help you take legal action and hold the defendant responsible for the harm they caused.
Damages You Can Collect on a Child Car Accident Claim
When you file a child injury or a wrongful death lawsuit for your child’s car accident injuries, you can receive compensation for many types of damages.
- Your child’s medical bills, current and future
- Medical aides, rehabilitation, and treatments
- The cost of adapting your home or car to your child’s disability
- Transportation expenses
- Disability, disfigurement, and dismemberment
- The parents’ and the child’s pain and suffering
- Your lost wages in the aftermath of the accident
- Your and your child’s mental health and grief counseling
- Your child’s lost opportunities and the effect the injury will have on his/her life
The above list is far from exhaustive. Work one-on-one with your lawyer to create a comprehensive list of your damages and accurately value your claim.
Exploring Your Legal Options with Our Child Injury Legal Team
Call Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP today to discuss your child’s accident. We can review the circumstances and explore legal options with you. There is no charge for the consultation, and if you decide to use our services, we will not charge you a dime unless we win a settlement for you.
Contact us at 619-296-5884 to schedule a consult at your convenience.