Gillette Child Injury Attorneys
Was Your Child Harmed by Someone Else? We’re Here to Help
Nothing is scarier than finding out your child was injured. Most hurts can be healed, but some wounds can remain with a child for the rest of his or her life.
If someone else was to blame for your child’s injury, you, as a parent, may be able to file a lawsuit to claim compensation. Speak to the compassionate Gillette trial attorney at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., for help. We offer a free consultation, and if we take your case, you owe us no money until we get justice for your child. Call (307) 257-7800 today.
How Are Children Often Injured?
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which a child can suffer injury. Some common ones include:
- Toys or defective products
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Playground injuries
- School or daycare injuries
- Car accidents
- Crib injuries
- Dog bites
- Amusement park injuries
While some injuries cannot be prevented, many can.
There are many times when parents cannot supervise their own children. Parents may entrust a school, daycare, or another parent with the care of their children. In these situations, the adult in charge is responsible for ensuring the children are kept safe. When they fail to do so, they may be found negligent and held liable to the parents and child. The parents can ask for compensation for economic damages, such as the cost of medical bills, and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Legal Differences in Child Injury Cases
Children have the same rights as adults when they have been injured by another person. However, there are some differences when filing a civil claim. Legally, minors cannot file a lawsuit on their own, but the parents or guardian of a child younger than 18 can file one on the child’s behalf.
Another difference pertains to "shared fault." When an adult is injured by someone else, he is not allowed to get any compensation if he was more than 50% at fault for his own injuries. However, a court may consider the age of the child and assign him or her a lower percentage of fault. For example, if a child runs up to a dog to pet it and the dog bites, the court may not find the child at fault at all.
If a child was injured while trespassing, the courts treat the child differently. If an adult was injured while trespassing, he would typically be barred from receiving any compensation. For example, due to Wyoming’s attractive nuisance laws, if a child trespasses and falls into a pool without a required fence or gate, the owners of the pool would be found responsible for the injury.
It is natural for children to act fearlessly and unpredictably, and it is up to the adults in charge to show caution and good judgment to protect them. It is a sacred duty as well as a legal responsibility, and when someone breaks this trust, they can and should be held accountable.
Get Legal Help for Your Family
If your child has been injured and you would like to file a claim against the negligent party, call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800. We know how to handle these unique cases and get you the compensation you may be entitled to. Call us today and get the help you need.
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