It is a terrifying truth that every parent comes to accept: kids get hurt. Scrapes, bruises, and sometimes even broken bones are all part of growing up. You do your best to protect your kids, from swimming lessons to bike helmets to reading up on recalls, but there is only so much you can do. Eventually you have to trust that you have taught them well and that they will make smart choices.
Sometimes, though, children get hurt because another individual or organization acts in a negligent manner. Maybe a playground aide was not watching when they should have been. Or a toy manufacturer decided to skimp on a material to save money. Perhaps your landlord ignored complaints about a broken railing.
Most parents’ first instinct when dealing with an injury to their child is simple: ensure he or she is okay by seeking proper medical attention and focusing on healing. This should absolutely be your top priority.
You owe it to yourself and your family not to let it be your only priority, however.
When your kid gets seriously hurt, it is more than merely scary – it can be incredibly expensive. Not only will the medical bills add up quickly, there is also a large chance that you will end up losing out on money due to missed work. Moreover, there are issues like pain and suffering to consider. Why should your family – your child – have to go through this if someone else is responsible?
That is where Personal Injury Lawyer Andrew Winston comes in. He makes sure that no one should ever have to pay for another individual or organization’s mistake. If you have to pay to help your child get better, you should be compensated by those responsible. The money is not a “payout” for getting hurt, but rather a way to help your family return to normal.
Moreover, by holding the negligent parties accountable for their actions, you can both get closure on a horrible situation and help to prevent other kids from getting hurt in the same way in the future.
Our personal injury attorneys have decades of combined experience handling personal injury claims, and their skills have been recognized many times over by numerous well-respected legal organizations, including Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Legal Elite, AVVO, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Over the years, we have helped many families to navigate the complex proceedings that come with child injury lawsuits. Depending on the nature of the injury and where it occurred, you may find yourself battling against a large organization, such as a school, trucking company, hospital, retail chain, or toy manufacturer. Typically, these types of entities will fight tooth and nail to protect themselves. That means using their deep pockets to hire high-priced lawyers and pull out every trick in the book to derail your case. We have gone up against organizations like this before and know exactly how to handle them.
When you hire the Winston Law Firm, you can concentrate on helping your child to recover and let us deal with the nuts and bolts of your legal claim. That being said, we never take action without first consulting with you and making sure that you are aware of your options. We make recommendations and suggestions, but ultimately, you make the decisions.
Most importantly, our lawyers know how to get results – and they do.
There is no limit to the different kinds of ways that children can get hurt, and the below list is not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, we are providing these specific accidents and injury types as examples of common problems and cases that we have successfully taken on.
Brain / Head Injury
Car Seat Injury
Child Abuse or Neglect
Defective Toys or Products
Dog Bite / Animal Attacks
Road Traffic Safety
Swimming Pool Accidents
As you can see, more than a few of these accidents fall under the broader umbrella of premises liability (your child was harmed due to the owner of a property being negligent) or product liability (your child was harmed due to a flaw in a specific product). When it comes to kids, property owners, businesses, and other organizations must adhere to a high standard of safety. If they fail in this duty, it may be possible to prove negligence and receive compensation.
If your child was injured in a manner that you do not see on the above list, get in touch with our office. Once we know the specific details of your situations, we can tell you whether or not we believe you have a viable case and what your options are going forward.
Unintentional child injuries rack up tens of billions of dollars in medical costs. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may be something that you – and your child – are dealing with for months, years, or even the rest of their life.
If someone else’s negligence is responsible for the injury, you owe it to your child, your family, and other families out there to shine a light on the issue and fight for compensation. It can mean the difference between struggling to provide care and making sure your child has everything he or she needs to recover and live a full, healthy life.
For Florida parents, that means you need to act quickly. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in our state is four years. That means you have to file a lawsuit within four years of the injury taking place or your case most likely will not even be heard. For suits involving the government (against the city, county, or state), there is even less time – three years.
This may seem like a lot of time, but remember that you are likely to be focused on helping your child recover. In the event of a truly serious injury, years can pass before you know it.
Do not let compensation pass you by. Reach out to the experienced child injury attorneys at Winston Law today by filling out our contact form, chatting online, or giving us a call at either 954-475-9666 or 800-475-4206.