A parent’s worst nightmare is suffering an accident where their child is harmed, and the long, painful healing process after. Unfortunately, many children are the victims of other people’s carelessness, which can result in severe injury or even death. Count on The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian for their compassion and expertise in representing minors and their families in personal injury matters. We understand how difficult these situations can be for both the parents and their child. Our attorneys can provide compassionate and competent legal guidance at each step of the process and vigorously advocate for your needs and goals.
Children can sustain injuries in a variety of accidents, including car crashes, truck wrecks, boating accidents, and medical malpractice. In any of these situations, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted negligently and that the defendant’s negligent conduct was the direct cause of the victim’s harm. Typically, an injured child is represented by a guardian ad litem, which in most circumstances is the minor’s parent.
In a negligence action involving a child, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the minor a duty of care and that the defendant failed to act according to that standard of care. The duty of care is informed by the particular circumstances in which the accident occurs, and it generally requires each of us to act with the ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in the same or similar circumstances.
If a guardian or parent establishes negligence, the child will usually be entitled to damages to compensate him or her for the injuries sustained. Children also can often recover compensation for the pain and suffering they experience as a result of the harm. The parents may seek further compensation for the medical expenses they incur as a result of their child’s injuries. When the injuries involved are severe, many parents have no choice but to take on substantial debt in order to ensure that their child has the proper medical care that they need. A negligent defendant may be required to compensate the parents for these expenses and to provide compensation for any future medical care that the injured minor may require.
In extreme circumstances another person’s carelessness or recklessness can lead to the tragic loss of a child. When this happens, the parents may bring a claim for wrongful death and seek compensation for the loss of their child’s companionship, affection, and love.
You can trust our firm to guide you through this difficult time because we are parents too. Whether the accident is simple or complex, contact The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian today for a free consultation at (630) 318-2606. You can trust our firm to fight for the justice you deserve.