New Jersey Child Injury at School Lawyers
LEGAL HELP FOR FAMILIES AFTER A CHILD IS INJURED
Kids get hurt every day, suffering injuries that could have been prevented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 3 million children under the age of 5 suffer an injury that requires medical treatment each year. On average, that means 12 out of every 100 children under 5 suffer injuries each year. The biggest reason for this is that kids engage in activities that adults don’t, like jumping on a trampoline. Sadly, many child injuries are related to negligent, careless, or reckless actions of other people.
A dangerous driver, the manufacturer of toys or cribs, negligent pool or amusement park owner, or even doctors can injure children. Children also often get injured at the hands of abusive babysitters or day care workers. In any of these situations, your family needs to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has been there for many families going through the tough situation of an injury to a child. We’ve helped them pursue the compensation they needed to heal and move on. Let us help you.
We can be reached at (973) 635-5400.
COMMON CAUSES OF CHILD INJURIES
Any injury is terrible, but injuries to children can be especially tragic. When kids are at school, daycare, or on playgrounds, parents trust that these places are safe for their children. But, sometimes a lack of protection, supervision, or safety can lead to an injury to a child. Here are the most common causes of child injuries:
- Car accidents
- Car seat injuries
- Dog bites
- School bus accident
- Swimming pool accidents
- Playground accidents
- Fireworks accidents
- Household product / chemical injuries
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Dangerous children’s products (especially toys and cribs)
WHAT IF MY CHILD WAS HURT AT A PUBLIC PLAYGROUND OR PARK
In situations where your child was injured at a public park or playground, you must file a claim with the government entity responsible for the property. This is usually the city or county where the park is located. An experienced lawyer can help you pursue claims against local governments.
CAN THE CHILD’S GUARDIAN BRING A CLAIM?
Yes. Any parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 can bring a claim. The statute of limitation for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years. This means you have a short time to start your claim. In child injury cases, a child technically has until two years after turning 18 to file a lawsuit for a personal injury. But, waiting that long might not help your case. Getting in touch with an experienced attorney as soon as possible is best.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MONEY A CHILD RECOVERS IN A CLAIM?
In situations where a settlement claim is award to a child, the recovered amount is usually deposited with the court in the county where the child lives. The money remains in what’s called a “Surrogate’s” account. This just means that the court is holding the money for your child. During the time of the settlement agreement and your child turning 18, the money stays put (and earns interest).
CONTACT OUR NEW JERSEY CHILD INJURY ATTORNEYS TODAY
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari is prepared to fight for your injured child’s rights. We’ve been there to support and represent many New Jersey families. Let us do the same for you. You can contact us at (973) 635-5400.