Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
Last Updated : December 5, 2022
New Jersey Child Injury Lawyers
Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers are skilled advocates that 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 Injury Lawyers 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.
Do I Need A Child Injury Lawyer?
The first thing that you need to understand about a child who is injured by another party’s negligence is that the child will not be old enough to file a legal action in New Jersey. As a result, the statute of limitations on their claim can be tolled (or delayed) until they turn 18 years of age, at which point the standard two-year limitations period customary to most personal injury actions in the state would begin to apply.
Not all families can afford to wait several years to get justice, and parents may be able to initiate legal actions on behalf of injured children. You will want the help of an attorney in taking the necessary steps.
The parents of an injured child will be very likely to hear from an insurance company for the negligent party involved in their accident, and you will want to avoid any lengthy discussions with these insurers about accidents until you have legal representation. You need to remember that no insurance company is ever concerned with taking care of your child, but a lawyer has an obligation to only take actions that are in your best interest.
An attorney is going to be able to conduct their own investigation into your child’s accident to determine a true value to your case and then negotiate a fair and full settlement. When the insurance company does not make an acceptable settlement offer, then the lawyer could file a lawsuit to take the case to trial.
Why Choose Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers To Handle My Child Injury Case?
Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers was ranked a Top 40 Law Firm by the New Jersey Law Journal. We have recovered more than $425 million for our clients.
Edward P. Capozzi recovered least one (and as many as three) of the top 20 verdicts or settlements in New Jersey every year from 2012 to 2018. He also received the President’s Award from the New Jersey Association for Justice in 2015 and the Personal Injury Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Law Journal in 2014.
Keith J. Roberts is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, New Jersey chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association, and Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney.
Charles X. Gormally has also been certified as a civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers also charges you nothing upfront to handle your case. We collect legal fees only when you obtain a financial award.
Types of Child Injury Cases We Handle
Children can be injured in a wide variety of possible accidents. Some of the most common kinds of accidents causing child injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents — Children not only might be passengers in vehicles involved in motor vehicle accidents, but certain collisions may directly impact only the children. Some accidents could involve defective child car seats, faulty head restraints, or defective airbags.
- Recreational Accidents — Swimming pools are commonly one of the most common sites of child injuries and deaths, but other recreational attractions such as parks, arcades, and trampoline parks can also be frequent locations for child injuries.
- School Accidents — Children may be involved in a number of accidents on school property, and educators are clearly expected to prevent children from being hurt while attending school.
- Playground Accidents — Playgrounds are public property that needs to be regularly inspected and maintained to prevent possible child injuries that could be caused by dangerous or defective equipment and possibly even aged equipment.
- Dog Bites — Dog attacks can be more complicated cases for people to handle on their own because insurance companies often underpay these types of claims and many victims have concerns about how their claims will impact the dog owners who are often close personal acquaintances.
- Slip and Fall Accidents — Children could suffer injuries when they fall because of dangerous settings, and the property owners could be liable for damages when a child is hurt in a slip and fall accident.
- Defective Products — While most consumer products geared towards children are tested for safety, there can be products that end up being dangerous because of manufacturing defects, design defects, or failures to warn.
Certain child injury cases can involve other unique factors such as possible poisonings or choking hazards. Whatever caused your child to suffer any kind of injury, always speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case and what options you might have.
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.