When a child is injured, he or she has the same rights to recover damages as an adult. This applies whether the child is injured in a car accident, bitten by a dog or a number of other circumstances. It is an important responsibility of a parent to make sure that the child's legal rights are protected. In some circumstances, the court can appoint a parent as the representative for the child to take legal action. There is more information about injuried to children on our website.
When monetary damages are recovered for a child, the money must be spent for the benefit of the child, and sometimes the court will require that the money be preserved for the child until he or she becomes an adult. Sometimes the court supervises or oversees the management of the money until the child becomes an adult.
The unexpected death of a loved one is a tragic event. If the death was caused by the negligence of others, the law allows the family to recover monetary damages. This applies to accidents such as car accidents, medical negligence claims and claims for a death because of unsafe products. Money cannot replace the life of a loved one, but monetary compensation may provide the family with financial security in the future. Such suits also help to make unsafe companies and individuals act in a safe and more responsible manner to prevent tragedies in the future. There is clear statute of limitations for wrongful death claims and for other claims, so it is generally a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible.