If you are a parent whose child has been injured due to another person’s negligence, this is probably one of the most traumatic periods in your life. You may also be wondering what your legal options are. For example, if a child is injured in a car accident in New Jersey, a parent or guardian may file a claim against the at-fault driver. Another option is to wait for the child to turn 18 when they may file a claim on their own behalf. In either case, it is helpful to know what types of compensation exist for a young injured victim.
Compensation that may be available for injured children depends upon the circumstances of the case and the extent of the injuries. Damages may include all accident-related hospital expenses, cost of future treatment, long-term care expenses, psychological counseling, and pain and suffering. In many cases the settlement awarded to the child will not be made available for the parents. Each case is different, but many injury cases involving minors result in a settlement made to the child that will not be available until they are 18 years of age.
Children who are struck by a car while walking, riding a bike, or while riding as a passenger in a car may be able to pursue damages or have a claim filed on their behalf, as well as children injured by defective toys and medicines. There have also been cases in New Jersey where a child is able to hold at-fault doctors and hospitals liable for injuries suffered under their care.
The Princeton personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein work to protect the rights of New Jersey families. If you believe that your child has been injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 right away to discuss your case.