Child Injury Lawyer in Louisiana
When your phone rings and your heart jumps into your throat because it’s your child’s school or daycare calling, you can likely only think of one thing: “What happened to my child?” Children sometimes get hurt because they are naturally curious and have no fear, but other times, they suffer injuries because of someone else’s neglect or abuse. Parents’ brains often go immediately to the worst-case scenario, and in some instances, it’s warranted.
If your child suffered injuries because of an accident, neglect, or abuse, contact a Louisiana child injury attorney. Our experienced Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are ready to give you a free case evaluation.
Our Child Injury Case Results
When your child suffers serious injuries that lead to permanent disabilities, not only do you lose the companionship provided by your child: your child also goes through life suffering physically and emotionally. Your child might incur extensive medical expenses throughout their life. In extreme cases, your child could even lose their life. The person at fault for the injuries or death of a child is liable for your losses and the child’s losses once he or she becomes an adult.
Our case results include multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, including:
- $84,000,000 for two children who fell into a pool at an apartment complex. The infant suffered from brain damage and died later, and the sister is a quadriplegic.
- $13,000,000 for a young boy who suffered injuries in a commercial truck accident.
- $2,000,000 for a boy who dove into shallow water at a pool and ended up paralyzed.
- $1,600,000 for the wrongful death of a child in a medical malpractice action.
- $1,500,000 for a case involving administering X-rays to an unborn baby. The mother was three weeks pregnant when receiving the X-rays, and the baby was born with a tumor against the brain. This case settled as a structured settlement.
While these are some common examples, these are not the only types of accidents and injuries that have the potential to injure children.
What Injuries May Children Suffer in Louisiana?
Children may suffer from many types of injuries from accidents, neglect, and abuse. Many of these injuries are preventable. Types of injuries include bumps, bruises, scrapes, cuts, burns, soft-tissue injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and catastrophic injuries—such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. In some cases, children may even die because of an accident, neglect, or abuse.
Children can suffer injuries in many different situations, including:
- Amusement park injuries if an operator allows a child who is not big enough to go on a ride.
- Bicycle injuries if a child’s bicycle is defective.
- Birth injuries in a medical malpractice claim if a doctor decides against an emergency cesarean section, misuses medical implements, or fails to diagnose a problem with the mother, which may lead to damage to the unborn baby.
- Burn injuries from hot stoves, car accidents, neglect, or abuse.
- Car seat injuries from a defective car seat.
- Brain injuries before and after birth.
- Dog bite injuries.
- Choking from small pieces not identified by the manufacturer as potential choking hazards. This usually happens when a toy has a part that should not come off the toy but does.
- Crib injuries.
- Daycare injuries from accidents, abuse, or neglect.
- Defective children’s products.
- Drowning and other pool injuries, such as brain injuries from diving.
- Playground injuries.
- School bus injuries, including accident injuries or injuries from a neglectful bus driver not properly supervising children.
- Injuries from toys.
Many different individuals and businesses may potentially share in the liability for accidents, depending on the circumstances.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer for My Child’s Injuries?
While it is certainly up to you whether you decide to settle with an insurance company without retaining an attorney, that is not something we recommend. Insurance companies are in business to profit, and any claim they payout could significantly eat into those profits.
Why does this make a difference? Insurance companies know that they can often get away with denying a claim or offering you a lower amount because the average person will take the first or second offer instead of fighting for a fair and reasonable settlement or taking the case to court.
Suppose your child suffers injuries in an event where you would generally call an insurance company, such as from a vehicle accident. In that case, you should give the insurance representative your name, your contact information, and your attorney’s contact information. Let the representative know that your attorney will contact the insurance company on your behalf.
How Long Do I Have to File a Louisiana Child Injury Lawsuit?
In Louisiana, you have one year to file a child injury lawsuit. In some cases, like those involving children, the statute of limitations might extend beyond one year. One year may seem like a long time, but by the time a case investigation is complete and initial negotiations have occurred, the year goes by rather quickly.
Additionally, you are likely to remember more facts about the event right after it happens than if you wait. Evidence tends to disappear after a while. Should we need to retain investigators, they are more likely to find the information that supports your claim if they investigate immediately after the accident or event.
How Much Does a Louisiana Child Injury Lawyer Cost?
We handle child injury cases on a contingency basis. Your case evaluation is free, and you do not pay anything upfront. Our costs and fees are a percentage of your settlement or trial award. Additional costs beyond our legal fees might include investigators, expert witnesses, costs for depositions, costs for mediation and/or arbitration, and other costs that we incur to help prove your case.
If your child suffers injuries because of a vehicle accident, an accident at school, or injuries caused by neglect or abuse, contact our Louisiana child injury attorneys at 888.501.7888 for a free case evaluation.
Contact Our Louisiana Child Injury Attorneys
As a parent, you never want to deal with knowing that your child suffered injuries at the hands of another person, whether it was an accident, negligence, or abuse. However, accidents happen, and people you think you can trust with your child’s health and care sometimes make negligent mistakes. In such a situation, you should seek compensation for your child’s injuries, especially for those that lead to permanent disabilities.
If your child suffered injuries through the fault of another person, business entity, or product defect, contact Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys at 888.501.7888 for a free case evaluation and determine your eligibility to pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.