Sarasota Child Injury Lawyers
When your child is seriously injured, nothing else matters. Your world stops, and you realize how truly fragile life is. If your child has suffered a permanent or crippling childhood injury, there are several things you should know:
Injuries sustained in childhood can haunt your child for the rest of their life. These injuries can affect your child’s quality of life as an adult, limit their physical potential, and cause permanent pain and anguish.
Childhood injuries can cost your child millions of dollars because they will have to be treated for a long period of time, even after the child has grown up. These treatments can include physical and psychological therapy, nursing care, plastic surgery, occupational therapy, medical equipment and other expenses. Over your child’s lifetime, these costs can be tremendous, limiting their income and educational potential and burdening them with impossible medical bills and costs of care.
Limited Time to File a Claim for your Child
Florida Law limits the time that your child’s rights can be protected. However, Florida law also gives your injured child important and powerful rights to seek compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and future medical expenses. The time for you to seek this compensation, however, is limited. The statute of limitations in some cases can be as short as two years, after which time your child’s claim cannot be filed. You are the only one who can help protect your child’s rights.
At Buckman and Buckman, P.A., we know firsthand about the special needs and damages of an injured child, and how important it is to protect their rights and financial future. Fill out our confidential case evaluation form, or call us at (941) 923-7700. Either Amiee Buckman or Drake Buckman will return your call promptly, listen to the facts, pinpoint your needs, and provide a free consultation that will explain all of your child’s rights.
Compensation Is Different When Children Are Hurt in Accidents
When children are hurt in accidents, sometimes their lives are changed forever. They could need more compensation to pay for their care than an adult would with the same injury. If the child has a brain injury or spinal cord injury, the family has to plan for a lifetime of rehabilitation, medical care, and special education.
All these costs add up quickly. And because a minor isn’t working or earning income, the damages for their injuries are based on “non-economic” factors. That’s why it’s critical to work with an attorney who has experience handling personal injury cases involving kids.
What To Do Immediately After a Car Accident Involving Your Child
It’s the worst phone call a parent can get; news that your child was in a car accident. When you trust someone else to drive your child, you expect them to be safe and responsible. But sometimes accidents do happen, no matter how many precautions are taken.
As a parent, your first response is to make sure your son or daughter is okay and to let them know you’ll be with them through the whole ordeal. The emotional strain is a lot to handle. At this point, the last thing a parent wants to deal with is tracking down driver’s names, getting insurance information, and playing crash scene investigator. That’s what your attorney should be doing for you.
How a Child Injury Attorney Can Help
Insurance companies will treat car accidents with injured children differently. In some cases, the blame for the accident will be spread among several people, depending on the situation. For example, if your child wasn’t buckled in properly, the driver will assume part of the responsibility in the investigation, even if they didn’t cause the crash. These variables can create an extremely complicated crash investigation that should be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Evaluating injuries and the appropriate compensation for children different than for an adult. If your child is seriously injured, their medical care and rehabilitation could last for years. Another factor in accidents involving children is how to figure out compensation. This will likely be based on more vague “non-economic” factors, since a minor doesn’t hold a job or support a family.
If the insurance company offers you an accident settlement right away, that’s a sign of a problem. Insurance companies are in business to make money and limit claims. They only offer to settle when it is in their best interest. Don’t let the insurance companies dictate what your child will receive and how they will be cared for. You can take control of the situation with a lawyer who is working for you, not the insurance companies.
Contact Our Child Injury Attorneys Today
For more information on how the child injury attorneys at Buckman and Buckman, P.A., can help your family with a child injury case, please call our offices at (941) 923-7700, or fill out our online contact form. We can fight the insurance companies and look out for your child’s best interest.