Dedicated NJ Attorneys Litigate Injuries to Children
Skilled advocates seek just compensation when negligence causes harm to young victims
If you are a parent, you spend a great deal of time thinking of your children’s future. Whether it’s their education, socialization, physical health or another aspect of their formation, your goal is to see them grow into capable, well-adjusted adults. But a sudden accident can threaten that future. A serious, catastrophic injury can put your child on a different life path, one of physical and emotional hardship, and dependency rather than self-sufficiency. If that happens, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Brach Eichler are prepared to help. We have the knowledge, skill and resources to fight for the full compensation your child deserves. We can’t turn back the clock and erase that terrible moment when everything changed, but we can help you recover sufficient damages to face a challenging future.
The toll of auto accidents on young children
The Centers for Disease Control reports that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for children. The use of infant car seats can substantially reduce the risk of injury to very young children, but children’s bodies simply cannot absorb the impact of a car crash the way adults can. Moreover, the devices meant to keep us safer, such as airbags and seatbelts, can cause serious harm to kids. Even the emotional toll of a vehicle crash can be greater for children; many suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or have recurring nightmares after a crash. If your child has been injured in an auto accident, you must make sure the attorney you retain understands that child victims have specific issues that need to be identified and compensated.
Common injury scenarios for New Jersey children
As children make their way in the world, they have some tough lessons to learn. Often a skinned knee, bloody nose, or bruised forehead can be very instructive. But when children are left without proper supervision, or are exposed to unreasonable dangers, the results can be devastating. Each year, children sustain serious injuries and suffer wrongful death due to negligence involving:
- School and daycare activities
- Playground equipment
- Amusement park rides
- Swimming pools
- Sporting events
When a child is injured, Brach Eichler thoroughly investigates the circumstances to determine if negligence was a factor. Often, an organization is liable for negligent supervision of the children, or negligent hiring and training of unqualified individuals. A manufacturer could be liable for a product defect, or a property owner might be liable for allowing an attractive nuisance that created a foreseeable hazard for curious children.
Children and dog bites in New Jersey
Nationally, about 52 percent of dog bite victims are children 10 years of age and younger. The most frequently bit segment of the population is very young children. Dog attacks can be especially dangerous for children who cannot fight off a dog. Almost 50 percent of all fatally bitten victims are children less than one year old. Children can suffer crushed bones, nerve damage, blood loss, shock and dismemberment. In addition to the physical injuries, children suffer emotional trauma that can lead to night terrors and anxiety attacks whenever they are around dogs.
Estimating damages in a child injury case
A child’s injuries raise many questions as to an appropriate measure of compensation. For example, if an adult has a professional degree and the injury makes it impossible to continue in a career, a plaintiff’s attorney can present a reasonable estimation of lost income over a projected career. If a dancer loses a leg in an auto accident, an attorney can present a case for the loss of enjoyment of life. But for child victims, the future can be entirely speculative. There can be questions about a child’s long-term prognosis and their ability to recover. When it comes to making a jury understand and appreciate the full extent of a child’s loss due to injury, an attorney’s experience is vitally important.
NJ statute of limitations for children’s injuries
In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the incident. However, because injured children do not have the capacity to file a lawsuit, the statute of limitations is tolled until they turn 18 years of age. They can then file a lawsuit up until they turn 20. This extended period is important, because you might not know that an injury has affected your child’s development until after a two-year period has passed.
Contact our accomplished NJ lawyers for your child injury case
If your child has been injured due to someone’s negligence, you want the full compensation those injuries deserve. Brach Eichler attorneys have a long track record of success in personal injury cases, but we also understand the special concerns that arise when the victim is a child. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve and the closure you need to put this horrible incident behind you. Call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.