Becoming a parent is one of the most extraordinary responsibilities a person will ever have. When you have a child, you dedicate your life to protecting and supporting them in everything they do. That is why it is so traumatic to learn your child sustained injuries in an accident.
If your child suffered an injury or was otherwise hurt because of another person’s negligence, wrongful act, or carelessness, you rightfully want to ensure justice is served. Regardless of the circumstances, anyone who harms a child should be held accountable for their actions.
At AMA Law, we understand how stressful these types of cases are. If your child has suffered because of someone else’s negligence, give us a call today to learn about your options. Our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers treat our clients as if they were our own family. We will do everything possible to protect your child and help you recover full compensation for any medical expenses, rehabilitation, therapy, and pain and suffering.
Common Types of Child Injury Cases
Injuries to children can have long-term, lasting effects that may impact their ability to live a happy, full life. Learning your child has experienced any harm is very difficult, especially if the injuries they suffered are because of another person’s intentional actions. As you can imagine, Oklahoma child injury cases involve complicated legal issues and may take months, if not years, to resolve.
Accidents involving children often lead to devastating injuries, disability, and death. Numerous types of accidents may lead to a child injury, including:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Birth injuries
- Swimming-related accidents, like drowning
- Wrongful Death
- Child molestation and sex abuse
- Premises liability cases
- Medical malpractice
- School bus accidents
- Pedestrian injuries
- Dog bites
- Defective product cases
Whether your child was injured by a careless physician, in a car accident, by a defective product, or in an otherwise preventable situation, the person(s) responsible should be held accountable for their actions. To learn more about the most common child injuries we see in Oklahoma, contact AMA Law today and schedule a free consultation.
Who is Liable When a Child is Injured?
The same rules apply in child injury cases as adult injuries. These rules mean that the following parties may be held liable following a serious accident that left your child hurt or injured:
- Property owners
- Pet owners
- Distracted drivers
- Manufacturers of defective toys or car products
- Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
- Teachers, principals, and other school officials
- Sports coaches
- A friend, other parents, relative, or other trusted guardian
- Daycare operators
One of the most frequently asked questions we field surrounds the laws if your child suffered an injury at school. Because parents are often required to sign liability waivers for school, sports, and after school activities, it can make suing the school challenging. However, if your child has suffered a significant injury, it’s important to discuss your case with a qualified accident attorney. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the school may be held responsible through a lawsuit.
Understanding Compensation in Child Injury Cases
There are many moving parts in Oklahoma child injury cases, starting with who was at fault for the accident and the extent of your child’s injuries. If your child sustained injuries – minor or severe – you can seek compensation by filing an injury claim. These cases are no different than accidents involving adults when it comes to compensation for damages. Children in Oklahoma are entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Loss of future wages due to disability
- Funeral expenses for wrongful death
Keep the following in mind when recovering compensation for your child’s injuries:
- Children cannot file a lawsuit on their own, a parent or legal guardian must take action on their behalf
- If another child caused the injury, proving negligence may be difficult and will require the expertise of an Oklahoma lawyer
- Calculating damages is different in child injury cases than adult cases