As any parent can tell you, children tend to attract injuries wherever they go, especially at very young ages. As they get older and begin to find themselves in new environments, they are exposed to new challenges and threats – but they are also supposed to receive the care and support of responsible adults. Often times, those injuries could or should have been prevented but were not because of an adult’s negligence.
If your child was hurt at school, while playing sports, in a car accident, or in any other situation in Baltimore where they should have been protected from harm, you may be entitled to compensation. The team of professionals at the law offices of Randolph Rice, former assistant state’s attorney, can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their failure to guard your child’s well-being. For 10 years, we have been fighting for our clients’ rights. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.
Common Types of Injuries to Children
Though children at play can be a heartwarming sight, it only takes one accident to cause serious physical damage. Children are especially vulnerable because they are often too inexperienced at an activity to know how to avoid harm, leaving their fate in the hands of the grown-ups around them. Even when those adults are well-intentioned, accidents can still happen.
Injuries at School
A classroom can be an unruly place, especially in elementary school. Teachers are often stretched thin attempting to corral the youngsters in their care; sometimes, things slip through the cracks, and dangers can present themselves in any number of ways. Students using crafting supplies for a project, for example, could find themselves with scissors or glue that could harm another student if used improperly.
The playground is another place in school where kids frequently wind up getting hurt. While scraped knees are commonplace – not to mention par for the course where children are concerned – more serious injuries can occur. A student who jumps from a moving swing or decides to climb a tree during recess could easily sustain preventable injuries. If your child was hurt at school, there is a good chance that school administrators or an inattentive teacher was to blame.
Injuries Sustained While Playing Youth Sports
Joining a team and playing a sport are, for many kids, formative experiences that will shape their social development for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, those experiences can sometimes leave your child vulnerable to injury. Whether it’s an overzealous tackle on the football field or a misplaced kick while playing soccer, there are plenty of ways for a young player to wind up hurting.
Some of these incidents may be unforeseeable, but most should be prevented by the intervention of a coach or referee. If your child was hurt while playing a sport, consult a qualified legal representative to find out if you have a cause of action.
Injuries Caused by a Motor Vehicle Accident
Driving your child to school, practice, or a friend’s house is an unavoidable and often-uneventful part of being a parent. Still, accidents do happen, even under the best of circumstances. This is true when your child is in the car with you, when they are riding the bus to school in the morning, or when they are crossing the street to get a ball or toy. In the era of distracted driving, no street is entirely safe.
If your child sustained an injury because of someone else’s driving error, bills can pile up in no time at all. Facing these financial challenges while also caring for an injured child is a daunting task for any mom or dad, but know that you don’t have to weather the storm alone. A skilled attorney can fight to get you compensation after a car or bus accident.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Child
When considering legal action following a child’s injury, there are a few provisions that a parent or guardian should be aware of. Simplest of these is Maryland’s statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, which imposes a three-year time window to file lawsuits of this type. The clock begins counting down on those three years as soon as the injury occurs or is discovered, so act in a timely manner.
There are also some differences between injuries to a child and injuries to an adult. Because they are less mature, children are generally given the benefit of the doubt when fault is assigned in a lawsuit. They are held to a standard determined by their age; children age 6 or younger cannot be found negligent, and the actions of those older than 6 judged based on whether they were acts that could reasonably be expected of children of that age.
Let Us Fight for the Rights of Your Child
With more than a decade of experience practicing law at both the state and federal levels, Randolph Rice’s credentials speak for themselves. If you or a family member are considering legal action in the wake of a child’s injury, we can help you get the justice you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.