As parents, protecting our kids is our job. Despite our best efforts, children have accidents and become sick. When our children become ill or injured because of someone else’s mistake or misdeed, we cannot be so forgiving, and those individuals should be held responsible.
A Moreno Valley child injury lawyer understands your family’s pain. Our compassionate attorneys will handle your case with the concern and respect it deserves while providing unwavering representation to obtain a settlement or award commensurate with the harm your child suffered.
Kids are active and curious. Their youth makes them full of endless energy and enthusiasm; it also makes them vulnerable to injury and illness. Run of the mill injuries – the bumps, bruises, and common childhood diseases – will not lead to compensation if no one is at fault. However, certain events involve another party’s negligence. Without their actions or failure to act, no harm would have occurred.
In some cases, the damage arises from a lack of supervision, others from creating a dangerous condition, and from a failure to act. Some areas where children are known to sustain injuries include:
- Daycare centers
- School buses
- Swimming pools
- Parks and recreational equipment
- Amusement parks
- Dangerous products (car seats, furniture, toys)
- Doctors or dental offices
These situations and many more may implicate illegal conduct. Lawyers familiar with childhood injuries can review the facts and help determine the best course of action for each family based on their needs and wants.
Coping with Emotional and Financial Challenges
Having to witness their child suffer from severe injuries or illness is very emotional for families. All they want to do is take away the pain and heal their child. Families must rely on the skill and caring of healthcare professionals and time.
Recouping Economic Losses
Monetary compensation certainly will not buy back a child’s health, but appropriate compensation can help ease the ever-increasing financial burdens and allow for a brighter future. Damages the plaintiff could recover pending a successful claim include the following:
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Emotional counseling
- Home health aides
- Remodeling homes
- Retrofitting vehicles
Families may recover for these and other tangible expenses without limitation. In the event of a tragedy, and the child passes away, families may also recover for funeral expenses.
Other Forms of Compensation
In addition to actual costs, victims may recover two forms of subjective damages – non-economic and exemplary. Non-economic damages cover subjective harms, not easily calculated yet still very real:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished enjoyment of life
California does not cap subjective damages awards, except when the case involves a medical mistake. In those instances, non-economic losses may not exceed $250,000. Although the law does not apply a standard cap to non-economic damages, a reduction in the amount available may occur if the victim contributed to the injury.
Exemplary damages, also called punitive damages, punish wrongdoers for willful and particularly heinous acts. Unlike many other states, California Civil Code § 3294 does not limit the amount of punitive awards.
Get in Touch with a Moreno Valley Child Injury Attorney Today
No matter how your child was injured or how they became sick, you just want to make everything better. Hopefully, the medical professionals will do their part to heal your child, and our Moreno Valley child injury lawyers will help you identify those responsible and hold them accountable. Our team of caring legal professionals will be here for you every step of the way. Support can start as early as today, so please contact us.