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What To Do If Your Child Is Injured In an Accident

child accidentYour child is the most precious asset in your life. Nothing can be more devastating to a loving parent than when their child is seriously injured, especially when the harm is caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party.

Children can get injured in various situations, including dog bites, physician or hospital negligence, car accidents or defective products such as toys. Each of these instances involve the negligent actions of another party causing injuries to the child.

The Important Steps to Take

If your child has been injured in an accident that was caused by another individual’s negligent actions, the steps you take or fail to take can significantly impact your child’s future. Below is a summary of the important steps you should take if your child was injured in an accident:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention, even if you think your child is not seriously injured.
  2. Call the authorities, such as the school or the police, if applicable.
  3. Take photographs to document both the injury and the cause of the injury.
  4. Contact the insurance company.
  5. Contact a personal injury attorney who has experience handling similar cases involving children.

Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Although filing a lawsuit will not undo the harm caused to your child, it will provide you and your child with the financial compensation necessary to deal with the unfortunate situation. Your child may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and loss of wages (if he or she was old enough to be employed at the time of the accident). The parents may also be entitled to compensation for their child’s past, present and future medical expenses.

Unfortunately, the negligent or reckless actions of others can cause more than just serious injuries. In severe circumstances, these actions and / or inaction can cause death. This is known as a wrongful death. When the victim is a child, the parents are entitled to recover damages for the pain caused to their child and for the pecuniary loss associated with their child’s death.

Injured? Call Us.

For more information about an accident involving a child victim or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced New York personal injury attorney, call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997. 

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