Child injury attorney – working for minors and their families throughout King and Pierce County, and other Washington areas
Serious injury to a child impacts not only the present and future life of the child, but also the lives of those who care for him or her. The economic consequences to parents of an injured child after an accident can be overwhelming. Parents may be responsible for medical bills, physical therapy and other injury-related expenses.
Children injured in accidents may lose the opportunity to participate in certain activities and their education may be interrupted. A child injured by the acts of another is entitled to the same types of compensation as an adult, including payment for present and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages.
Although childhood is a time for a child to be carefree, there are dangers from car accidents, dog or other animal attacks, or other activity risks that children face everyday. Determining liability for your child’s injury can be complicated. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable child injury attorney is the best course of action. If your child has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence or fault of another, contact Cornelius Law.
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Child injury settlements – work with an attorney experienced with child (minor) settlements
The law recognizes that injured children (minors) are different from adults. A child under the age of 18 cannot file a personal injury lawsuit. Only a parent or legal guardian can file a lawsuit on behalf of the injured child. In addition, because of their age, children are considered disabled or incapacitated and entitled to special protection. In Washington State, a settlement of a lawsuit or claim for an injured child may require court approval. When court approval is needed, the approval process generally requires appointment of a settlement guardian ad litem who will evaluate the proposed settlement and make recommendation to the court, and a hearing by the court to determine if the settlement is in the best interest of the child.
If a settlement is approved by the court, the settlement funds more often than not must be placed into a bank account in trust for the child. The child generally cannot access the settlement funds until he or she turns eighteen. If your child has been injured in an accident caused by the fault of another, Cornelius Law can help you navigate through the settlement process and take the actions necessary to complete settlement and resolve your child’s claim.