Injuries to Minors & Children
A parent’s worst nightmare is seeing his or her child suffer a devastating injury and deal with the pain as well as a long healing process. Unfortunately, many children are the victims of other people’s carelessness, which can result in severe harm. At Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have over 20 years of experience representing minors and their families in personal injury cases throughout the Baltimore area. We understand how difficult these situations can be for both the parents and their child. Our attorneys can provide compassionate and competent legal guidance at each step of the process and vigorously advocate for your needs and goals.Pursuing Compensation for Your Child
Children can sustain injuries in a variety of accidents, including car crashes, truck wrecks, boating accidents, dog bites, and medical malpractice. In any of these situations, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted negligently and that the defendant’s negligent conduct was the direct cause of the victim’s harm. Typically, an injured child is represented by a guardian ad litem, which in most circumstances is the minor’s parent.
In a negligence action involving a child, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the minor a duty of care and that the defendant failed to act according to that standard of care. The duty of care is informed by the particular circumstances in which the accident occurs, and it generally requires each of us to act with the ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in the same or similar circumstances. For example, in the context of a motor vehicle accident, a driver is required to operate his or her vehicle with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonable motorist would use in the same situation, taking into account any current road or weather conditions.
If a guardian or parent establishes negligence, the child likely will be entitled to damages to compensate him or her for the injuries sustained. Children also can often recover compensation for the pain and suffering they experience as a result of the harm. The parents may seek further compensation for the medical expenses they incur as a result of their child’s injuries. When the injuries involved are severe, many parents have no choice but to take on substantial debt in order to ensure that their child has the proper medical care that they need. A negligent defendant may be required to compensate the parents for these expenses and to provide compensation for any future medical care that the injured minor may require.
Unfortunately, sometimes another person’s carelessness or recklessness can lead to the tragic loss of a child. When this happens, the parents may bring a claim for wrongful death and seek compensation for the loss of their child’s companionship, affection, and love.Consult a Maryland Attorney to Discuss Your Injury Claim
The last thing that you need to worry about while caring for an injured child or coping with a devastating loss is going through the legal process alone. At Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, you can place your trust in our experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. We have represented numerous children and their parents throughout Maryland and in Washington, D.C. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation, so there is no risk in talking with us about your potential case. Call us now at (800) 654-1949 or contact us online today to get started.