We've all heard the saying that an injury or worse to a child is a parent's worst nightmare. When a child is injured, it may seem that there is no legal claim, and that the child will suffer from the injuries and pain and the parent will suffer financially. However, there are laws in Georgia that provide for a claim against a person, company or institution that did not perform proper security or maintenance where that failure injured a child.
These cases are important, not only for the injured child and their family, but also to ensure that the person, company, or institution addresses the cause of the injury so other children are not harmed in the future.
A claim for a minor child can be a very complex matter. It takes a skilled, understanding, and compassionate trial attorney to properly identify the negligence and the grounds for raising the claim.
In Georgia, when a child is seriously injured, there are claims for both the parents and the child. The parents' claim consists of all the medical and other expenses related to the injury and care for the child, up until the child's 18th birthday. The child's claim consists of all the physical and mental pain, suffering, anxiety, shock and worry, past and future medical expenses incurred once the child turns 18, and any lost wage claim once the child turns 18.
A claim or lawsuit for an injury to a minor child cannot be handled like a normal catastrophic injury case. An experienced attorney understands all the aspects of catastrophic injury claims, and the specific dangers that confront minors, as well as the laws that protect them. When a child is injured at a care center, school, playground, pool, by a toy, or by another child, you need an attorney that has sufficient experience to properly identify the laws that apply in that specific case.