Keeping children safe is a primary concern for every parent. You simply can’t bear the thought of something bad happening to your child or leading to an injury. Sadly, for many parents, this is a reality. Every year thousands of personal injury claims are filed on behalf of children who have suffered at the hands of someone else’s negligence.
Children who have sustained injuries in accidents may need intensive medical care, rehabilitation, compensation for loss of enjoyment. In some cases, they may need complex medical care for the rest of their lives. So, in what circumstances might this happen? If you’re a parent whose child has suffered due to someone else’s negligence then you may be wondering if you have a claim.
Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common cases.
Car Accident Claims
Being hit by another driver is stressful and frightening enough. Especially when children are involved, it is like a nightmare for parents. Injuries such as whiplash and even a spinal injury resulting from a car accident are incredibly common after a crash. It’s common for children to also suffer mental and psychological trauma after a crash, so speak with a lawyer about the potential damages that could be claimed after a car accident involving minors.
Injuries at School
Some main reasons for school injury include wet floors, P.E equipment, climbing frames in the playground, etc. Even cuts and lacerations with woodwork tools, or falling from damaged chairs are common causes. The possibilities of being injured at school are extensive, with many cases occurring due to negligence of staff or poorly implemented health and safety rules.
Injuries Sustained a Childcare/Nursery Setting
With little ones, accidents happen. From banging heads with other children to tripping over their little feet as they dash around – everything happens. Most injuries are minor and often discussed with parents. However, in some extreme circumstances where children suffer horrific or even fatal injuries due to the lack of supervision and care, a personal injury claim can help to receive compensation.
A Birth Injury
No one expects the birth of their child to be fraught with tragedy. Sadly, for many parent’s it’s a sobering reality. From the improper use of forceps to broken limbs, oxygen deprivation and subsequent brain damage, cerebral palsy, even injuries and death of the mother and/or infant. These kinds of circumstances can be a direct result of negligence in the delivery room or a series of mistakes, negligence, and missed opportunities throughout pregnancy.