While bumps, bruises, and scratches are a normal part of any child’s life, it is an entirely different matter when your child sustains injuries because of the negligence or careless or reckless misconduct of an adult.
If this has recently happened to your child, you may be feeling angry and overwhelmed, unsure of where to go to find justice for your child.
While getting your child medical attention should always be your number one priority after an accident, at your first opportunity, you would be prudent to speak with a child injury lawyer in NY to find out what options you have for holding the at-fault party responsible.
While nothing can turn back the clock and take away your child’s physical and emotional pain, you may be entitled to compensation to recover damages related to your case. For a free, no-risk review of your case, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400.
In This Article
- Common Causes of Child Injuries
- How the NY Statute of Limitations Impacts Child Injury Cases
- Recoverable Damages After a Child Injury
- How a Child Injury Lawyer in NY Can Help You
- New York Child Injury News
Common Causes of Child Injuries
Injury is the leading cause of death in children, with approximately 12,000 children dying each year as a result of unintentional injuries, according to the CDC Childhood Injury Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The top causes of child injuries include:
Approximately 150 children are treated in emergency rooms each hour as a result of injuries that they have sustained in motor vehicle accidents. According to the CDC, injuries related to transportation are also the leading cause of death for children. We can file an accident claim to recover compensation.
The CDC reports that for children under the age of one, two-thirds of injury deaths were caused by suffocation. If another adult allowed your child to suffocate while supervising them, we offer you our sympathies along with our assurance that we will work tirelessly to hold them liable to the full extent of the law.
Drowning is a leading cause of fatalities in children between the ages of one and four. If another adult or a lifeguard allowed your child to drown, we offer you our condolences along with our commitment to you that we will fight our hardest to recover the compensation you are entitled to and the justice your child deserves.
Every day, 300 children between the ages of zero and 19 receive care in emergency rooms for poisoning-related injuries. If another party’s negligence caused your child to suffer poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation.
Approximately 300 children go to the ER each day for burn-related injuries. There are countless ways another party’s negligent behavior can lead to a burn injury.
Every day, approximately 8,000 children receive treatment for injuries related to falling accidents. If your child suffered a slip and fall at a friend’s house or a commercial establishment due to the home or property owner’s negligence, we will hold the at-fault party liable.
These are just a few possible causes of injuries. If you believe that your child’s injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or willful misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation. To receive guidance to make an informed decision about how to proceed in your case, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free, no-risk review of your case.
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How the NY Statute of Limitations Impacts Child Injury Cases
New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214 places limits on the amount of time that a person has to file a lawsuit for a personal injury accident.
There can be exceptions to this, though, especially when children are involved. Still, even with child age-based exceptions to the statute of limitations, due to very real considerations such as evidence and witness availability, it is best to act promptly to consult with an experienced and dedicated child injury lawyer. The sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible for you.
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Recoverable Damages After a Child Injury
If your child’s injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence or willful misconduct, you may be entitled to damages. Common types of damages that victims are able to recover in cases like these are:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages from time away from work caring for your child
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
How a Child Injury Lawyer in NY Can Help You
We understand how hard it can be to watch your child suffer. And while nothing can turn back time and eliminate your child’s pain, you can take steps to hold the at-fault party responsible for their negligent behavior.
We are here to help. Our team can take the burden off of you by:
Keeping You Updated
We can provide you with the 24/7 support you deserve during this painful time. We can handle the process from start to finish, keeping you informed and freeing up your time to focus your attention on your family.
Identify the Liable Parties
We will take steps to determine who is at-fault for your child’s injuries so that we can hold that person financially responsible for your losses.
Communicate With All Parties for You
We communicate with the insurance companies or the at-fault party’s attorney on your behalf. This eliminates the risk of anything being said that could be held against you at a later date and frees up your time to focus on your family.
We will gather any and all evidence related to your case—including eyewitness statements, police reports, medical records, and surveillance video—to build the strongest possible case.
Determine the Value of Your Case
We will gather medical bills, receipts, and other documents to calculate the extent of your financial losses. We will also calculate and claim the noneconomic damages, like the pain and suffering your child has experienced.
If you are ready to have a child injury lawyer in NY get to work on your case right away or you would just like legal guidance to make a more informed decision on how to proceed with your case, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for a free, no-risk evaluation of your case.
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New York Child Injury News
Charges Vary When Children Are Injured In Hot Cars
Since 1990, there have been more than 900 deaths in the United States where children have been left in hot cars. On average, 38 children die this way every year. In the past week alone, four children have died in hot cars. Two were a set of twins in the Bronx, a Florida toddler who was left in a daycare van, and a baby girl found in a hot vehicle at a car wash in Texas. These deaths bring the total of hot car child deaths in 2019 to 25. The rising number of these kinds of deaths are leaving authorities, parents, and advocacy groups looking for answers to stop the tragedies.
The New York Times reports that the charges a parent faces when a child is left in a hot car to die can depend on the situation.
In 2014, a father in Upstate New York dropped his two older children off at school and then parked his car outside his home and went to work. He forgot that his 15-month-old daughter was still in the back seat. She died of heatstroke.
In 2016, an infant boy was left in a hot vehicle while his father, a police officer, did chores around the house.
Last week, a social worker dropped his four-year-old child off at daycare and went to work in the Bronx. He forgot that his 1-year-old twins were in the back seat of the vehicle. The twins died.
Though these incidents are all strikingly similar, the way that prosecutors handled the incidents was not. The father of the twins has been charged with manslaughter, while the two upstate fathers never faced any charges.
The organization called KidsandCars.org identified 494 cases where caregivers said they were not aware they had left their child in the car. In 43% of the cases, no charges were filed. In 32% of the cases, the caregiver was charged and convicted. In 11% of the cases, the person was charged but not convicted. The remaining 14% of cases are still open or their status is unknown.
Parent’s Invent Wearable Ice Pack For Children’s Injuries
According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, nearly 500,000 children aged between 0 and 14 years are admitted to emergency rooms annually with traumatic brain injuries. In the United States, the most affected age range is children between 0 and 4 years old. Children aged 15-19 had the next greatest incidence of TBI. Across all age ranges, the incidence of head injuries is higher among boys than girls. Boys aged between 0 and 9 were 1.4 times more likely than girls to suffer from a TBI. However, despite the incidence being higher among boys than girls, TBI among females is on the rise.
CBS News reports that parents turned their child’s head injury into a business opportunity. Megan and Mike Ross credit their children’s recurring head injuries for their new family-run company, GooseEgged. The company was founded in 2018 after their son ran into a cabinet in the kitchen. Struggling to keep their child still to apply an ice pack, they searched the internet for something to help.
When they found nothing that met their needs, they decided to create their own product. They designed an ice pack that is worn around the child’s head, leaving them free to continue playing or to be soothed. The packs are adjustable and feature the kid-friendly designs of a shark, a dog, and a unicorn so that the kids will want to wear them.
The entire family is involved in the project. The kids act as models for the ice packs and give their parents advice on new designs. The ice packs are sold for about $15 and are sold at GooseEgged.com, Amazon, and Buy Buy Baby.
Student Receives $60 Million For Suffering Chemistry Accident
According to statistics, more than 9 million children end up in the emergency room each year, many of them suffering from fall injuries. School children commonly suffer from these slip-and-fall injuries while at school. Playground, sports injuries, fights, bullying, and food poisoning also account for injuries suffered by students while at school. Courts have placed upon teachers and administrators a “duty of care” to ensure student safety while at school. This means that schools are legally required to do everything they can to prevent foreseeable harm to students. This includes providing a safe environment for students. If a student is injured at school, a parent may be able to seek compensation for the child’s injury.
The Huffington Post reports that a court has awarded a New York City high school student $60 million for injuries suffered in a chemistry accident.
Alonzo Yanes, now 21, has been awarded a hefty settlement by a jury on Monday. A Manhattan jury awarded Yanes nearly $60 million dollars after a chemistry demonstration that occurred in 2014 engulfed him in flames, disfiguring him.
The life-threatening accident occurred at Beacon High School in New York City. In January 2014, Yanes was a sophomore attending chemistry class. Instructor Anna Poole was performing the “rainbow experiment” which involved combining methanol with mineral salts to produce colorful flames. Poole was using a gallon jug to pour the methanol. A fireball shot out, catching Yanes on fire.
Yanes was hospitalized for five months and had to endure numerous skin graft surgeries for the burns that covered 30% of his body. The burns covered his face, neck, arms, and hands. The jury found that both the Department of Education and Poole were at fault in the accident. The financial award is intended to cover Yanes’ medical bills as well as his pain and suffering.
As a result of the incident involving Yanes,’ the experiment is no longer being performed in New York City Schools.