Was Your Child Harmed or Injured in an Accident?
Attorney Zach Herschensohn will demand accountability
If your child was injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you hold the at-fault party accountable and demand compensation for your child’s damages. The Herschensohn Law Firm has acquired millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and will serve as a powerful advocate for you and your child. Find out how an experienced Kent personal injury lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
No parent should ever have to see their child in pain or suffer harm but sadly, millions of children are injured and killed in preventable accidents due to the negligence of others. Children are less fearful, more impulsive, and don’t always understand the danger associated with certain activities. Just because children are more susceptible to accidents than adults doesn’t mean someone can’t be held legally responsible if their irresponsible actions cause a child to suffer harm. In fact, children have additional protections in some types of personal injury claims because the law acknowledges that we all have a shared duty of care to keep children safe.
Serious cases deserve serious attention. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a passionate child advocate who will aggressively fight for your child’s best interests and handle your case with careful attention, empathy, and understanding. Whether it’s through a cash settlement or verdict, Zach Herschensohn can make the at-fault party answer for their negligence and pursue the compensation your child needs and deserves.
How do child accidents happen?
Unintentional harm is the leading cause of death among children in the U.S., including injuries from accidents involving:
- Negligent supervision
Every year, millions of children are brought to the ER after suffering unintentional harm, with falls serving as the leading cause of nonfatal injuries. Common places and scenarios where a child may get injured include:
- Daycare facilities: A child can suffer harm at a daycare facility due to an accident or being exposed to unsanitary or unsafe conditions. Falling objects; having access to toxic substances or medications; poor supervision; dangerous walkways, stairs, doorways, and parking lots; and poorly trained staff can all contribute to or cause a child to be injured.
- School buses: Children can get hurt getting on or off a bus or due to poor supervision by a bus driver. Kids may be injured because the bus driver is driving recklessly, or in a collision with another vehicle that doesn’t drive safely near the bus. They can also get hurt if the bus driver allows them to run around the bus or roughhouse with other kids.
- Playgrounds: Whether it’s at a daycare facility, at school or in the park, playgrounds can be dangerous places for children. Accidents can happen due to faulty playground equipment, lack of maintenance, poor supervision, or falling off dangerous equipment.
- Swimming pools: Public and private pools pose a lot of danger to children, including non-fatal drownings, fatal drownings, slip and falls, diving accidents, suction drain accidents, ladder injuries, negligent supervision, and bacterial infections. Drownings are among the leading causes of preventable death for children ages 1-4.
- Car accidents: Injuries associated with car crashes are the leading cause of preventable death among children. Accidents can include children as occupants of a car, riding their bicycles or crossing the street as a pedestrian.
- Bicycle accidents: Children who ride bicycles are at risk of getting injured in an accident with another cyclist, by a driver in a car accident, on a dangerous bike path, or by defective bicycles or safety equipment. Children riding their bicycles are also vulnerable to getting hit by a car while trying to cross the street.
- Defective products: Consumer products aren’t always as safe as they should be. Kids can get hurt by playing with unsafe toys from irresponsible toy manufacturers or being able to access toxic chemicals from faulty containers. Some products present choking hazards, while others can cause a child to suffocate. Suffocation is responsible for about two-thirds of all fatal injuries in children less than a year old.
- Dog bites: Because they are smaller and not as cautious when approaching unfamiliar animals, injuries from dog bite attacks are common among children. Sadly, many of these attacks result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, or in some tragic cases, death.
What are Washington’s laws regarding lawsuits involving children?
In Washington state, any child younger than 18 is considered a minor and cannot file a lawsuit on their own. Parents and guardians who wish to pursue a negligence lawsuit for damages on behalf of their children must first receive court approval and then go through other steps before moving forward.
The statute of limitations (deadline for taking legal action) also works differently for cases involving minors. For most personal injury claims, the statute of limitations in Washington is three years. However, if the victim is under 18 at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations is tolled (paused) until their 18th birthday. That effectively means you usually have until your child’s 21st birthday to take legal action. However, we still recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible to gather evidence and build a stronger case.
Premises liability laws are also different for children, as a child who gets injured while trespassing has more legal protection than an adult trespasser. This condition often comes when children get hurt in other people’s unfenced swimming pools and other easily accessible “attractive nuisances,” such as trampolines. Additionally, children under 6 years old can never be blamed for their own injuries. In other cases, blame can’t be placed on a child if they were acting in an “age-appropriate manner” when they were injured.
Make the right choice for your child. Get Herschensohn Law.
If your child was injured or harmed due to the irresponsible actions of others, it’s normal to feel angry and upset. It is also important to remember that your child has rights, and our law firm can help protect those rights. Cases involving child injuries are often complicated and have unique circumstances. While you may feel like you can handle things on your own, getting a knowledgeable and experienced advocate in your corner can help ensure justice is served.
Let our law firm fight for your child’s best interests. Attorney Zach Herschensohn takes pride in helping parents get compensation for their children and will do everything in his power to get a positive outcome to your case. Best of all, we’ll represent you and your child on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. It’s that simple. See what Herschensohn Law Firm can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.