Jacksonville Child Injury Attorney
Children love to play and have fun. They are naturally curious, wanting to know more about the world around them. However, this inquisitive nature, combined with a lack of fear, can land them in trouble. They can suffer dog bites, burns, broken bones, drownings, and other injuries. In some cases, another person can be held liable for these injuries. If your child was injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact Jacksonville child injury attorney Charles J. Gillette so he can help determine liability.
Most Common Childhood Accidents
Children are not as worried about danger as adults. They are more likely to engage in hazardous activities, causing serious injury. The most common childhood accidents include the following:
- Car accidents
- Dangerous toys
- School accidents
- Playground accidents
- Daycare accidents
- Dog bites
Liability in a Child Injury Accident
Adults must act with a reasonable standard of care when caring for children. Those who are negligent around children or intentionally cause harm to a child can be held liable for any injuries. Liable parties may include the following:
- Property owners
- Pet owners
- School employees (teachers, principals, etc.)
- Sports coaches
- Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
- Toy manufacturers
- Playground equipment manufacturers
- Other parents
Who is liable for your child’s injury? It could be one or more people. Contact Jacksonville child injury attorney Charles J. Gillette for help determining liability in your child’s accident. It’s important to uncover evidence to prove fault and get the compensation your child deserves.
Understanding the Law in Child Injury Cases
When a child is injured by a person’s negligence, they can typically receive the same forms of compensation as adults. This includes the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Loss of future wages due to disability
- Funeral expenses (if the child died)
However, injured children are different from injured adults in that a child cannot legally file a personal injury lawsuit unless they are at least 18 years old. Minor children must have a parent or legal guardian file the lawsuit on their behalf.
Children can also be assigned a percentage of the liability. This is based on whether or not the child acted in a manner that was appropriate for his or her age. Also, trespassing children are treated differently than trespassing adults. For example, if a property owner owns an “attractive nuisance,” such as an unfenced swimming pool, and the child is injured by it, the property owner can be held liable. A trespassing adult, on the other hand, is not afforded this same leniency.
Contact a Jacksonville Child Injury Attorney Today
Children are prone to injury accidents. Whether they were injured by a dog, negligent driver, defective product, or other liable party, they can recover compensation for their injuries, just like adults.
Jacksonville child injury attorney Charles J. Gillette can represent your child’s injury case and help you and your family obtain compensation for your damages. Fill out the online form or call 904-600-4758 to schedule a free consultation with Gillette Law, P.A.