Forest, Virginia Child Injury Lawyer
Every parent’s worst nightmare is receiving a call that their child has been seriously injured in an accident. Children are especially vulnerable to becoming injured in everyday accidents. If your child suffered an injury because of another person or company’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior, you might be eligible for compensation on your child’s behalf.
Pursuing a Claim for Your Child’s Injuries
Pursuing a claim against the at-fault party can help you recover past and future medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the Straw Law Firm know how to hold negligent parties accountable for their injuries. Contact the Straw Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your rights and options. We will investigate your case, identify all parties, gather evidence, and begin aggressively pursuing damages.
Car Accidents Cause Child Injuries
Children can become injured in thousands of ways, but car accidents are among the most common causes of preventable childhood injuries. Even when children are restrained correctly in appropriate car safety seats, they are still at risk of suffering serious injuries in car accidents. Drivers whose negligence causes a car accident are financially responsible or liable for any resulting injuries. Large 18-wheel trucks are particularly destructive. If a negligent truck driver caused your child’s injuries, you may have a valid claim for compensation against the trucking company that employed the negligent driver for vicarious liability.
If a drunk, distracted, aggressive, or otherwise negligent driver caused a car accident that resulted in your child’s injuries, you could pursue compensation from them. When a defective vehicle caused the crash, or poorly designed roads contributed to the crash, you may be able to pursue compensation from the liable party. We regularly work with experts to investigate car accidents and gather evidence proving liability.
Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents that Injure Children
If your child was traveling by foot or bicycle and was injured by a negligent driver, our attorneys can aggressively pursue damages from the negligent driver. Pedestrians and drivers have many rights in Lynchburg and throughout Virginia. Unfortunately, drivers regularly collide with pedestrians and bicyclists because they fail to use reasonable care to watch for others on the road. Because of their smaller size, children are even more at risk of being injured by motorists. When bicyclists fail to watch out for children who are walking or bicycling, they can be held liable for any injuries.
Swimming Pool Accidents Leading to a Child’s Death
Swimming pool owners have a legal duty to keep their pools reasonably safe. Drowning continues to be a leading cause of injury or death for children under age 14. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is responsible for more deaths than any other cause for children 1 through 4, other than congenital disabilities.
Injuries at School or Daycare
When parents drop their children off at school or daycare, they should be able to rest easy so that their children will remain safe. Every day, children become injured at school and daycare because of the negligence of daycare workers and teachers. Unsafe landing surfaces and otherwise dangerous playground equipment can cause injuries. When teachers are not monitoring children closely enough, children can become injured by other students, teachers, or administrators. The attorneys at Straw Law Firm know how to hold negligent school and daycare workers accountable when their negligence causes children to become injured.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are another common and preventable cause of serious childhood injuries and death. Under Virginia law, dog owners are liable for the injuries caused by their dogs when the dog has a history of dangerous behavior or the owner does not use reasonable care to restrain the dog. Dog bite injuries can cause permanent and disfiguring injuries, especially to a child’s face. The injuries may require multiple painful surgeries and rehabilitation. If a dog bite in Lynchburg has injured your child, we recommend speaking to an attorney as soon as possible.
What to Do if Your Child is Injured in an Accident
The most important step is to obtain medical care for your child. Ensure that you keep all of your child’s medical records, attend all appointments, write down all of your child’s symptoms, and record their pain levels. Take photos of injuries, including where the injury occurred. If there is any video footage or security cameras nearby, one of our attorneys can help you obtain the footage. Write down contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Keep a record of any time off of work you have taken to take care of your child. Finally, you only have a short amount of time to file a claim, so after your child receives medical attention, we recommend reaching out to an attorney.
How Much is My Child Injury Claim Worth?
At Straw Law Firm, we will work diligently to help you recover the total and fair compensation you deserve for your child’s injury. The amount of your settlement or award will depend on the unique fact in your case. Generally, the more severe the injury, the more compensation you can recover. In Virginia, children who have been injured in personal injury accidents can pursue all of the following types of compensation:
- Current and future medical costs
- The parents lost income from missing work
- Future care costs for your child because of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
Contact a Child Injury Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If your child has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it is crucial that you discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to recover compensation for your child’s medical expenses, future care, and more. The attorneys at Straw Law Firm have a proven track record of fighting for personal injury victims in Lynchburg and throughout Virginia. Contact Straw Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more about your rights.