If a car struck your child, you have a right to hold the driver responsible and seek compensation for your family’s damages in many cases. You may want to work with a personal injury attorney on your case so that you can focus on your child’s treatment and care during this time.
Let an accident lawyer file a claim and negotiate with the insurer or sue the at-fault driver on behalf of your family. Our personal injury attorneys work on contingency.
Ensure Your Injured Child Receives the Care They Need
Your first priority after your child is hurt in a pedestrian accident must be their health and well-being. Do not worry about anything else until their injuries are stable and they are receiving the treatment they need to recover as fully as possible.
Injuries from being hit by a car can be severe and cause long-lasting or lifelong impairments. You should focus on getting them the necessary treatment, therapies, and rehabilitation they need regardless of the cost.
Children Hit By Cars May Suffer Catastrophic Injuries
While most children suffer broken bones, cuts and bruises, and minor concussions in a car versus pedestrian accident, the nature of these collisions can also lead to much more severe harm. Pedestrians and bicyclists have little protection from the force of a vehicle, and injuries could include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
If your child suffered serious injuries in the accident, you would want to work with a lawyer who is familiar with recovering compensation for catastrophic injuries to children. The considerations in these cases may vary from claims based on adults or seniors.
Your Family’s Expenses and Losses and Your Recoverable Damages
When a child suffers serious injuries and requires hospitalization, it affects every member of the family. The expenses and losses can add up quickly. Your attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for many of these damages. This could include:
- Medical care costs
- Future treatment and support expenses
- Time you missed from work
- Expenses related to your child’s treatment, such as parking at the doctor’s office
- Necessary renovations at home for mobility access
- Loss of your child’s future achievement and earnings if disabilities occur
- The pain and suffering your child experienced
Cases involving children are unique. There may be additional concerns with related expenses. For example, if your child needs inpatient treatment that requires them to take an extended leave from school, they could get behind in their studies. To combat this, you may have to hire tutors to help them. This could be a recoverable expense in your claim.
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What Rights Do Parents Have After a Driver Hits Their Child?
In general, parents can take legal action on behalf of their minor children who suffer injuries in a traffic accident or are hit by a car. This could include negotiating an insurance settlement agreement or filing a pedestrian accident lawsuit to seek compensation for the expenses the family incurred.
Holding the at-fault driver accountable for their negligent actions is often essential to ensure the child gets the care they need and that their family does not endure undue financial stress.
Working with an Attorney Can Allow You to Focus on Your Child
Letting a pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm handle your insurance claim will allow you to focus on your child when they need you most. You can be by their side and trust that the law firm is managing:
- The investigation into the accident
- Your insurance claim
- Settlement negotiations
- Preparing and filing a lawsuit
- Taking the case to trial, if needed
You May Only Have a Limited Period to Sue The at-Fault Driver
Each state sets its own statute of limitations for personal injury claims. These statutes set a deadline for beginning a civil case against the liable party for their negligence. If you do not submit your initial paperwork in the appropriate civil court before the cut-off date arrives, you could lose the right to sue.
The general deadlines set by statutes of limitations in the Gulf South include:
- One year in Louisiana, La. Civ. Code Art. 3492
- Two years in Alabama, Ala. Code § 6-2-38
- Three years in Arkansas, Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105
- Three years in Mississippi, Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49
Depending on your child’s age, some exceptions to these timelines may apply. Your attorney can help you understand how long you may be able to wait before you decide to sue the liable party to seek damages. For some, an insurance settlement may be possible without needing to take the case to trial. Many families prefer this when it secures a fair financial recovery based on their losses.
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Morris Bart, LLC, Will Review Your Pedestrian Accident Claim for Free Today
If your child suffered injuries because of a negligent motorist, a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will discuss your legal options and rights with you. We serve all four states of the Gulf South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
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