A child is a parent’s most prized asset. As a parent, you go to great lengths to protect your child from harm and to provide them with the love and care they need. Unfortunately, you cannot keep a watchful eye on your child every second of the day. As they grow, you will need to place their care in the hands of others.
While no parent ever wants to imagine harm coming to their child, the recklessness and negligence of another party may wind up hurting them. Children are often the victims of dog bites, swimming pool accidents, defective toys, medical malpractice and caretaker neglect. As a parent, it’s important to understand what your legal options are if your child is hurt by a negligent party.
1.Seek Out Medical Treatment
The first and most important thing is to seek out medical treatment for the injuries. The health of your child is your top priority. The medical care that your child receives will also serve as evidence to help back your claim.
2.Take Photos of the Injury
Take photos of the child’s injury as soon as possible. This will also serve as proof and help support your case.
3.Contact a Lawyer
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the initial injury occurs. Hiring a lawyer early on will help ensure that your rights are upheld and that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to by law.
In order to recover damages, you must be able to prove that the other party’s negligence caused the injury. A lawyer will gather evidence, call in experts and look over every detail of your case with a fine tooth comb. They will have the experience and the knowledge needed to build a case on your behalf.
4.Document Medical Care and Treatments
Once you have hired a lawyer, they will ensure that all medical care and treatments related to the injury are documented. This documentation will be used to support your claim and serve as evidence.
Your lawyer can help question any witnesses and also gather statements from other parties involved in the case. Once this information has been gathered, a claim can then be filed.
In order to recover damages, you will need to prove that the other party was negligent, and that their negligence was the direct cause of the injuries your child sustained. Examples of negligent behavior include:
- Lack of boundaries
- Poor supervision
- Access to dangerous objects
- Improper food preparation
If you’re child has been injured due to the negligence of someone else, contact Jeremy Rosenthal today to get the representation that you need for a fair settlement!