Recovering from a serious injury is difficult for anyone, but it can be even more confusing and frustrating for a child.

Bay Area Children’s Accidents Lawyer

When a minor, someone under the age of 18, is involved in an accident, the legal process can be complex. If a child sustains serious injuries due to someone else’s actions, it can have a major impact on family members. Depending on the severity of the injuries, parents may be required to radically change their schedules and certain aspects of their lifestyle. They may even need to switch jobs to ensure an injured child receives adequate care.

If your child was injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you, as the parent or legal guardian, need to retain legal representation as soon as possible. At Bogaards Law, we understand the specialized and sensitive nature of lawsuits involving children. We want to make sure your child’s rights are protected.

There are a number of ways your children can be injured because of someone else’s negligence — car accidents, swimming pool accidents, slip and falls in the grocery store or a sports complex, dog bites, or even medical malpractice. Kids can also be injured on the school playground or while riding their bikes in the neighborhood.

Common Places Where Injuries Occur

There are a number of places that are fun to take your kids, but they come with a level of risk of them being injured. Water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, gyms, and other recreational facilities can present real hazards. If someone was supposed to be supervising your child and was not, you could have a claim against the negligent party. You need to speak with a skilled California personal injury attorney who can assist you pursue the compensation your family deserves.

Possible Serious Injuries to Minors

When children are involved in an accident, the resulting injuries can often be serious. Some of these can include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Severe neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injuries

There is a risk that these types of injuries can be permanent. An accident could result in partial or complete paralysis, disability, or disfigurement. This means your child could be facing additional medical care, surgeries, and more.

Special Circumstances with Minors and Injury Claims

When a minor is involved in an injury claim, the statute of limitations is tolled until he or she is an adult. This means the clock does not start ticking until the minor’s 18th birthday. Technically, minors have two years from their 18th birthday to bring a lawsuit for an injury claim.

If there is a case prior to their 18th birthday, then any settlement must be approved through the applicable court. In many cases, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate and ensure the settlement is in the best interest of the child. Money awarded will be deposited into a blocked account that the minor cannot access until he or she is an adult. There may be exceptions when a court hearing is not required or when some of the funds may be accessible earlier. Speak with a San Francisco personal injury attorney who can advise you on what to expect. 

Contact a San Francisco Children’s Accident Attorney

If you have a child who was injured in an accident, contact Bogaards Law today to schedule an initial consultation. Let our experienced team advise you on how best to proceed.

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