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Child injuries put children at risk for living with long-term consequences. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes child injuries as a global public health problem. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that on average, in the United States more than 12,000 children die each year from unintentional injury. Additionally, more than 9.2 million are treated for nonfatal injuries. Childhood injuries that happen because of another person’s negligence are entirely preventable. If your child has suffered a preventable injury from another person’s negligence, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a Child Injury Lawyer.

As a parent, you do your best to make sure your children are safe. Unfortunately, children can be injured at school, daycare or in a hospital facility because of defective equipment or poor supervision. The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience representing innocent victims of negligence. We can help you hold at-fault parties accountable for your child’s injuries. Contact a qualified Child Injury Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm today.

What is a Child Injury?

Child injury is catastrophic injuries or death to a child. Most injuries to children are a result of negligence. Additionally, these injuries can devastate a family. The financial and emotional toll that comes along with an injured child facing permanent damage can make you feel hopeless.

However, The Carlson Law Firm has a qualified child injury lawyer that can help you through this difficult time. If your child is significantly injured, you will typically have to deal with medical bills, follow-up care, and in cases where a child is disabled, lifelong care. Our compassionate team of attorneys realizes that no amount of money will ever undo the injury or loss of a child. However, we remain dedicated to fighting for injured children because we believe in holding negligent people accountable for their actions or lack thereof. A compassionate child injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will aggressively represent you and your child.

How do Children Suffer Injuries?

Children get hurt for many reasons. In many cases, injury occurs through regular play and activity. On the other hand, in some cases, injuries are the direct result of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior. Additionally, children are naturally more curious than adults. This curiosity often makes children fearless in situations where adults would use caution.

Many people assume a child’s curiosity ends in the preschool or primary years. However, a child’s curiosity continues to grow as they age. Children may begin dangerous experimentation and push risky boundaries. Unfortunately, in many of these instances, they may not have the capacity to properly respond to danger.

Common situations that lead to child injuries include:

  • Drowning
  • Other swimming pool injuries like slip and falls
  • Toxic Inhalation
  • Consumption of dangerous chemicals
  • Dog Bites
  • Choking on small parts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Fire-related burns
  • Falls
  • Traffic accidents
  • Birth Injuries

Where can children suffer injuries?

Leaving your child in the care of other adults means they take on the responsibility to ensure your child’s safety. Schools and teachers must do everything they reasonably can to protect children from injuries or death. Injuries can occur in the following places:

  • Schools
  • Preschools
  • Daycares
  • Summer camps
  • School buses
  • Designated play areas

Getting the call that your child suffered an injury while in the care a trusted entity can be extremely unnerving. Schools have a responsibility to supervise children and provide them with a safe environment. Children should feel safe on the bus, during the school day and after-school activities. Common causes of child injuries include the following:

Bullying

Children can endure traumatic injury both physically and mentally through other children. While a school, daycare or camp cannot be held responsible for every conflict, it can be found negligent if:

  • There was a failure to properly supervise students
  • Administration and staff knew that aggressor was causing trouble
  • Took no action after being made aware of bullying
  • Failed to stop a fight or assault

Slip and falls

Falls are one of the leading causes of child injuries. In fact, each day about 8,000 children visit emergency rooms from fall injuries. Wet floors and debris can lead to hazardous situations. Slippery surfaces from cleaning or spilled food and drink can lead to slip and falls. Students can suffer from broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and other series injuries.

Bus crashes

More than 23 million school-aged children ride to and from classes on school buses every day in America. Bus accidents are an unfortunate byproduct of sending your children off to school or on school-related trips. It is important to note that the most common cause of unintentional injury for children is traffic accidents. While traffic accidents are the most common causes of child injuries, head injuries are the single most common types of injury in children. Head injuries can lead to lifelong consequences that require extensive medical costs or expensive therapy. Bus accidents are often the result of a negligent bus driver or poor maintenance.

Negligent bus drivers can make poor decisions that lead to your child suffering injuries in a crash. Many buses do not have seat belts; which can lead to children being thrown if buses crash. A Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can start the investigation process to figure out what caused the bus crash.

Defective playground equipment

Naturally, playground equipment gets a lot of wear and tear because of its daily use and the weather. However, this is not an excuse because poorly maintained playground equipment can lead to devastating injuries. Children can fall, cut themselves or suffer serious other injuries from neglected equipment. Schools, daycares and camps have a responsibility to repair and replace equipment when necessary. In addition, these entities should be aware of recalled playground equipment.

Sports

Sports carry inherent risks of injury. In addition, participation is typically voluntary. In many cases, parents won’t be able to pursue a lawsuit against a school for a sports injury. However, under certain circumstances, a child may have a claim for compensation. Those instances include:

  • Improper supervision
  • Defective equipment
  • Failure to follow basic safety measures

If you believe your child suffered injuries because of school, daycare or camp staff negligence, contact a Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with us today.

Daycare Checklist

Searching for a quality daycare is critical to protecting your child from serious injuries. It is important to choose a high-quality program. While it may seem difficult to pick the right childcare provider, there are a few things to look for to feel comfortable with your choice.

Defective Children’s Products

One of the most overlooked childhood dangers is defective toys and equipment intended for children. Every year, defective children’s products are recalled after children have already suffered injuries. Recalls are necessary because they prevent further injuries by making parents aware of faulty children’s products. However, for the children and families already suffering from a faulty product, contacting a Child Injury Lawyer can help you begin the road to recovery.

Toy makers and child product manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe. Children can suffer injuries from the following:

Defective Toys

Many child injuries are the result of faulty or defective toys. The child injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm can represent you in child injury cases of:

  • Recalled toys that lead to injuries
  • Lead paint poisoning
  • Mercury poisoning
  • Choking/stangulation hazards
  • Age-inappropriate toys
  • and more

Defective Equipment

Sometimes the equipment intended to keep our children safe can be the source of serious injuries. We can assist families dealing with child injuries from:

  • Faulty cribs
  • Defective car seats
  • Defective trampolines
  • Helmet injuries

If you believe a manufacturer placed profit over your children’s safety, contact a Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm.

What are Common Childhood Accidents?

Short of putting them in a bubble, bumps, bruises, scrapes and falls are a natural part of childhood. However, there are some accidents and injuries that a band-aid or ice pack can fix. While today’s parents no longer have to worry about diseases, there are several modern dangers that should be of concern.

Amusement Park Injuries

There have been several instances of amusement park injuries that have made national headlines. A child injured in an amusement park can suffer severe injuries or possibly even death. Anticipating a day of fun should not have dire consequences. The negligence of ride operators or park maintenance should is intolerable in an amusement park setting. A Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you seek the compensation you and your child deserve after an injury that resulted from negligence.

Car and Booster Seat Failure

A car accident can lead to some of the most traumatic injuries for children. In fact, auto accidents are more likely to cause injuries to children than any other type of accident. Car accidents are a result of the negligence of drivers on the road. In addition to the accident itself, parents should also beware of the possibility of car and booster seat failure. Naturally, parents expect these devices to keep their most precious safe. But when they fail, The Carlson Law Firm can help.

Dog Bites

For the most part, dogs are amazing. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be unpredictable or dangerous to small children. A dog bite puts children at risk for infection, amputation, lifelong anxiety or death. Homeowners have a responsibility to keep their animals secure at all times. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of attorneys ready to assist you in your child’s recovery. Our experienced attorneys have won millions of dollars in dog bite or dog attack cases.  We will work tirelessly on yours and your child’s behalf to help you hold the at-fault parties accountable. The justice your family deserves is attainable when you have a Carlson Law Firm Child Injury Lawyer on your side. 

School, Church and Daycare Injuries

Injuries sustained in school, church or daycare are more common than many parents believe. In the event that these cases were the negligence of an employee in any of these institutions, parents can hold the facility accountable. A Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will help you get the justice your child deserves after a case of negligence.

Crib or Toddler Bed Defects

Parents should be able to trust that their children will be safe in their own beds at night. More than 11 million defective cribs were sold between 2009-2011 prompting the passage of stringent safety regulation. The good news is that a crib hasn’t been recalled in two years. However, in December 2017, there were more than 24,000 crib mattresses recalled because of a fire hazard.

Choking

Parents always have to keep an eye out for their children putting objects in their mouth. Children’s small throats and immature swallowing reflexes put them at risk for serious choking injuries or death. Small toys or toys with removable or easily breakable parts present choking hazards to children. Even products made for adults can cause children to choke. Your child can choke as a result of negligence or a defective product.

Who can be held liable for a Child Injury?

Children are often impulsive and more fearless than adults. Therefore, they are more susceptible to injuries. Any adult who fails to take reasonable safety precautions, as well as those who harm a child intentionally, are liable for any resulting injuries. Liable parties can include:

  • Property owners
  • Pet owners
  • Toy manufacturers
  • Pet owners
  • Schools
  • Sports coaches and/or players
  • Health care professionals
  • Motorists
  • Playground equipment manufacturers
  • Other parents

Determining liability for your child’s injuries may be difficult. However, a qualified child injury lawyer can help you determine the best course of action. The Carlson Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to get your family the compensation you deserve and on the road to recovery.

Child Premises Liability: Who is Responsible?

The family of a child injured on someone else’s property can receive compensation. This is permissible if a property owner knows of a dangerous condition on his or her property and knew the risk of children trespassing. Children fall under a different set of rules than adults when it comes to trespassing. In cases when adults trespass, the act of trespassing will often relieve the property owner of liability. However, children are held to a lower standard because their brains are not fully developed. Additionally, any child under six cannot be found partially negligent.

What is an attractive nuisance?

An attractive nuisance is an amenity—such as a playground or swimming pool—that appeals to young children. Property owners have a duty to exercise ordinary care to avoid reasonably foreseeable harms to children. Typically, this duty only applies to an artificial condition on the land. In other words, courts typically do not hold property owners liable for injuries a child sustains on their property through natural formations like canyons. 

For example, if a homeowner has a dangerous swingset in their backyard then the homeowner needs to ensure that the swingset cannot be accessed by children. In the event a small child wanders into the homeowner’s yard and suffers injury after the swing set collapses, the owner can be held responsible. The simplest way for property owners to avoid child injuries is to have the swingset behind a locked, properly maintained fence.

Typically, the attractive nuisance doctrine has three components:

  • The law doesn’t expect children to fully comprehend the dangers they may face.
  • If a property owner has reason to believe that children might come onto their property, the law places a special responsibility on them to prevent harm.
  • If an owner fails to meet the responsibility they will most likely be held liable for the child’s injuries.

How does an attractive nuisance put children in danger?

Children’s natural curiosity and attractive nuisances can be a dangerous or deadly mix.  If your child is living with injuries as the result of an attractive nuisance, contact a child injury lawyer today. The Carlson Law Firm can help with recovering medical expenses and losses that resulted from the injury.

An attractive nuisance can be anything on a person’s property that can cause injuries or death, including:

  • Pools
  • Spas
  • Dangerous Animals
  • Wells and Tunnels
  • Stock Tanks
  • Paths
  • Stairs
  • Trampolines
  • Skateboard Ramps
  • Hammocks
  • Fences

If your child suffered injuries on someone else’s property, contact a Texas Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm. We can help your family get the recovery you deserve.

Recognizing Injuries in Children

Recognizing child injury is important for many reasons. For starters, an injury is a huge killer of children all over the world. It is important to note that the leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 is unintentional injuries. In fact, more than 90 percent of injuries to children are unintentional. Because they have far less coordination than adults, children are more prone to injuries. Additionally, as a child ages physical and cognitive abilities, degrees of dependence activities, and risk behaviors change.

How are Child Injuries Compensated?

Children are often injured through no fault of their own. Much like adults, in child injury cases there are different areas that the courts take into consideration when awarding a settlement.

  • General Damages- if the child has endured pain and suffering after an injury, the severity of the injury and the prognosis determines compensation.
  • Special Damages- in an adult personal injury, the courts would examine how the injury has affected their earnings. However, in cases with minors, compensation focuses on medical expenses, damage to property, future expenses and predicted loss of earning. It will also cover future treatment and care.

A Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

In addition to medical bills, a family can expect to recover several other expenses if their child has suffered an injury. A family can seek compensation for a child’s disfigurement, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and death. While a child cannot receive compensation for loss of wages (because children don’t work), they can receive damages for loss of future of income. An accomplished Child Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you recover losses for your child.

Our legal team can provide you with answers you need if you’re wondering if a child injury lawsuit is the right choice for you. We have a wide range of skills that our clients can use to their benefit. With more than 40 years of experience in personal injury, The Carlson Law Firm will fight for your child and help recover the damages your family deserves. Our staff will work tirelessly for your child’s benefit. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are available 24/7.


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