Child Injury Attorney in Houston, Texas
Anytime a person you care about suffers an injury, it is a cause of heartache and stress. If the injured person is your child, these feelings are only intensified. An injury to your child can leave you looking for answers and wondering what steps you can take to seek fair compensation. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can follow the right path to position yourself and your child to pursue a favorable outcome in a painful and challenging situation.
If your child has suffered an injury due to the actions or negligence of another party, you have the right to take legal action. At my law firm, I have the understanding necessary to help you determine the best course of action and lead you and your family through every step of the process as you seek the results you and your child deserve.
Reach out to me at the Law Offices of Francisco G. Medina to schedule a consultation. I serve the needs of individuals and families in the greater Houston, Texas area, as well as throughout the counties of Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Galveston.
Common Injuries Suffered by Children
Children are at risk of accident-related injuries just like anyone else, but there are certain types of injuries that are commonly suffered by children, including:
Car accidents (including injuries related to child car seats)
School bus accidents
Injuries at school (including playground or sports injuries)
Swimming pool injuries (including accidental drownings)
When your child is injured, your natural thought process leads you to search for what you can do next. In the event that your child’s injury was caused by another party, there are options for taking legal action.
Potentially Liable Parties
Since the types of injuries a child may sustain and the settings in which they occur can vary, so do the potentially liable parties. Liability for your child’s injury can potentially be argued to belong to:
Car manufacturers or drivers (in car accidents).
Property owners or managers (for premises liability cases).
School teachers or school districts (for injuries at school).
Parents of other children (if the injury was caused by another child).
You need to work with a skilled attorney to explain the details surrounding your child’s injury to determine who may potentially be held liable.
When you entrust your child’s care to a school, daycare, babysitter, or another type of caregiver, there is a certain level of responsibility that the caregiver takes on, including maintaining a reasonable level of safety for the child. If the caregiver neglected to uphold this responsibility to supervise your child, and their negligence resulted in your child suffering an injury, you may have grounds to build a case around the legal principle of negligent supervision.
Parental Responsibility Laws
If your child’s injury was suffered at the hands of another child, other factors come into play, including parental responsibility laws. Under such laws, if the parents of the child who harmed your child were negligent or did not take proper steps to keep their child from harming yours, there may be an option to hold the parents of the child who perpetrated the injury responsible.
Each case, child, and injury are unique, which makes it impossible to guarantee a specific outcome or level of compensation you can expect. As with any personal injury case, however, a successful claim can result in being awarded financial compensation that can help cover medical costs in addition to any pain and suffering your child has endured.
Monetary Awards for Minors in Texas
Under Texas law, financial compensation awarded to a child in a personal injury case is essentially divided into two parts. One part is allotted for use to cover medical expenses and treatment for the child’s injury, and another part is compensation for the child themselves. The court seeks to protect this second portion, with it being held in safekeeping until the child reaches 18 years of age.
Under certain circumstances, the child’s family can petition the court for an early release of the additional compensation funds, but this is handled on a case-by-case basis.
Trust a Skilled Attorney for Help
In the aftermath of an injury suffered by your child, you and the rest of your family are likely overwhelmed by the stress and emotion of the situation. In addition to the physical harm your child has suffered, you may be looking at significant medical costs to deal with the injury, as well as a desire to hold the responsible party accountable to help ensure other families don’t have to go through the same ordeal.
With so much going on and important things depending on the outcome of your case, working with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is your best option.
Child Injury Attorney Serving Houston, Texas
If your child was injured at the hands of another party due to negligence, there are legal options available to you that can give you the opportunity to seek fair financial compensation. If you are in Houston, Texas, or anywhere throughout Galveston County, Montgomery County, or Fort Bend County, reach out to me at the Law Offices of Francisco G. Medina today to schedule a consultation.