Phoenix Child Injury Attorney
As hard as parents try to keep our precious children from harm, we don’t always succeed. We care for them, protect them, and instruct them, but we can’t foresee every eventuality, and we can’t control the actions of others whose careless or negligent behavior can result in injury or death to a vulnerable child. If your child has been injured due to the actions of another person, our experienced Phoenix child injury lawyers are here to help.
Incidence and Causes of Injury and Death in Children
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that accidental injuries kill around 12,000 children and young adults between the ages of 1 and 19 years every year.
Many more children suffer serious non-fatal injuries, with falls heading the list, resulting in approximately 8,000 emergency room visits per day!
Bicycle accidents take the lives of about 100 children every year and injure more than a quarter of a million others.
Among younger children, ages 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death, while suffocation tops the list for babies under a year.
Other causes of child injuries include defective toys or products, burns, gunshots, diving accidents, choking, poisoning, fireworks, and dog bites.
Children are injured in schools and daycare centers, in parks, on playgrounds, in pools, in driveways, around fireworks displays, and on the road. Their injuries are often caused by careless drivers, poor supervision, unrestrained pets, and unsafe premises. These are accidents that can and should be prevented by attention to safe driving, close supervision, responsible pet ownership, and proper maintenance of properties where children are present.
Recovering Compensation for a Child’s Injury
A child’s accident case is not the same as an adult’s, and you will need a Phoenix injury attorney with specific experience handling minors’ accident cases. A minor doesn’t have the legal capacity to bring a lawsuit, so it is a parent or guardian who must bring the action on the child’s behalf. Furthermore, the settlement must be approved by the court, and a trustee must be appointed to safeguard the child’s recovery until his or her eighteenth birthday. This is done in the form of a minor’s compromise petition. When an offer has been made that you and your lawyer feel is fair, your lawyer will draft the petition to the court, outlining the terms of the settlement, naming a trustee, and itemizing the amounts that will be used to cover medical expenses and the parents’ out of pocket expenditures.
Child Injury Lawyers in Phoenix
If your child has been injured in Phoenix or anywhere in Maricopa County, contact the law offices of Curiel and Runion to arrange a free consultation. We will make the process of recovering compensation for your child as painless as possible. Our law firm is young, smart, skilled, knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced in all personal injury matters pertaining to children and minors. You will meet face to face with the lawyer handling your case, not just a paralegal or secretary. We keep you informed throughout the process and return all phone calls promptly.
No Recovery, No Fee
Parents sometimes express the concern that they can’t afford to hire a lawyer for their child’s accident case. That’s never a problem, because we accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We front all the expenses and hours of work that go into preparing a case for litigation. We are not paid until the court approves the settlement we’ve negotiated or won in trial, and your child’s check arrives at our office. Every injured child has the right to a great lawyer, and this makes it possible for your child to have the same access to justice as any adult.