As parents, our goal in life is to make sure our children are kept safe. It is devastating to discover our children were the victim of a terrible accident which we could not prevent, but this does not mean we should have to cope with the lasting repercussions on our own. If your child was injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries.
Children are often more susceptible to injuries than adults due to their age and inexperience. Injuries often occur as the result of product defects (products liability), attractive nuisances, or lapses in care while watching children. While many children’s injuries are unavoidable and are due to the actions of the child, many others are the fault of a company or individual in charge of the child and can lead to serious life-long injuries. Any injuries received as a child have the potential to impact the future health and well-being of a child.
In products liability cases, many injuries occur as the result of defective products or products which are mislabeled and are marketed to children. For example, if a toy manufacturer anticipates that a child may use a toy or its wrapping in a manner that may lead to serious injuries, they must warn of this danger on the box. Products liability cases additionally include defective products which left the manufacturer’s warehouse in a defective state. As such, a child would not know the difference and may treat the toy as normal, not understanding that the toy can cause severe injuries. Other products liability cases can include dangerous chemicals within products or products which are dangerously manufactured.
The attractive nuisance doctrine relates to the responsibility of a property owner to protect their property from attracting (child) trespassers onto it. This is a tricky theory to bring a claim under, but an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to guide you in the proper direction. A common attractive nuisance that attracts children to a neighbor’s property and can lead to serious injuries is a pool that is not built within a fence. Therefore, children can easily walk up to the pool and take a swim, leading to serious potential injuries if the children cannot swim. Other property nuisances, such as a hidden well, can have serious repercussions for children if they wander on top of the well and fall into it.
If your child has been injured due to the negligence of another person or company, you may be entitled to bring a claim to recover for their injuries. Your child should not have to go through life with permanent scarring or an ongoing medical condition which you have to cover all costs for. The attorneys of Wettermark & Keith are well experienced in handling child injury cases and understand how sensitive these cases are. We work hard to ensure no other child suffers the same injury and will work tirelessly to deliver the claim amount you deserve for the injuries. Contact our Montgomery office today for your initial free consultation.