When children are seriously hurt, seeking medical attention is the first step for most families. In fact, 140,672 children visited emergency centers at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in a single year, according to the hospital’s most recent annual report. Now, imagine the number of children visiting emergency rooms around the state of Texas and you get a sense of the impact child injuries have on Texas families every year.
But, after healthcare professionals tend to a child’s injuries and put the more severe cases on a long-term care plan, what comes next? That is where hiring an attorney can be crucial to help your child and your family move forward. While filing a lawsuit and navigating the legal process may seem drastic or overwhelming, these necessary steps can hold the responsible party accountable for any negligence that caused your child’s injury. These steps can also help compensate you for losses, including medical expenses, long-term care costs, and disruptions that your entire family experiences as a result of your child’s injury.
The lawyers at The Button Law Firm are experienced in handling the unique and often complex cases that involve injuries to young children across Texas. We are dedicated to helping families move forward every step of the way after a traumatic incident that injures a child. Below, our knowledgeable child injury lawyers share information about common incidents that lead to young children being injured and answer frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer to help your family get justice following a serious injury.
Incidents That Seriously Injure Children in Texas
As parents ourselves, the safety and happiness of our little ones is our top priority. That is why we are committed to helping all parents understand the types of incidents that can seriously harm children.
Some of the most common child injury scenarios our Texas child injury attorneys have encountered with the families we help:
- Bike accidents
- Car wrecks
- Choking on toys that are not age-appropriate
- Daycare injuries such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Bottle warmer burns
- Caregiver inattention and distraction
- Improper sleep practices
- Inadequate supervision of children
- Inappropriate discipline tactics
- Overheating in a daycare van or bus
- Physical violence
- Playground falls and injuries from unmaintained equipment
- Sexual abuse
- Unsecured furniture tipping over
- Dog bites and attacks
- Little fingers, hands, or feet caught in an unmaintained escalator
- Pool drownings at a summer camp, someone else’s home, or a hotel pool
- Unmaintained and unsafe premises
What Are Other Benefits to Working with a Child Injury Lawyer?
When you work with experienced child injury lawyers like our team at The Button Law Firm, we handle all complex and time-consuming communications with the insurance company on your behalf. Often, we can reduce the amount of money needing to be reimbursed to the insurance company following your child’s injury.
In addition, our knowledgeable child injury lawyers consult with and/or retain experts and specialists who can provide future financial impacts on you and your child. For example, our team uses expert life-care planners who confer with your child’s physicians, meet with you and your family, and perform an evaluation of your injured child. They then present a comprehensive report of the medical treatments that your child may need in the future and any potential health complications that may arise as a result of their injuries. We account for all of your child’s injuries and needs in each case to help you get justice and move forward.
Is There a Time Limit to Make a Claim on Behalf of Your Child?
In Texas, you have a time limit of two years from the date of the incident that injured your child to file a claim against the responsible party such as a daycare center, family entertainment center, school bus company, or gym. This limit is known as the statute of limitations.
Our child injury lawyers recommend that you file a claim as soon as possible. Gathering evidence from surveillance cameras and electronic communications like text messages and emails, as well as speaking to caregivers while memories of the incident are still fresh can greatly benefit your case.
What Damages Can Texas Families Recover by Filing a Child Injury Claim?
Serious injuries involving children can be terrifying and impact the entire family. In most cases, serious injuries to a child are preventable. Filing a lawsuit can hold the responsible person and/or company accountable for negligence, and therefore, help keep other children safe in the future.
Going through the legal process also allows parents to seek compensation, also known as damages. In Texas, a family may be compensated for the following damages in a child injury case:
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses, including a child’s ongoing or future medical treatments and therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missing work while serving as a caregiver for a child recovering from injuries
If the unspeakable happens and your child passes away because of a fatal injury or complications from an injury caused by another person or company, you can file a wrongful death of a child lawsuit.
Want to know more? Get a free consultation and explore your legal options with our knowledgeable child injury lawyers by calling 214-699-4409, emailing us at [email protected], or filling out a contact form.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney for My Child’s Injury?
At The Button Law Firm, we work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We only get paid if we win your case. Learn more about our fee structure in this article.
Additional Free Resources to Help Your Family After a Child Is Seriously Hurt
Our experienced child injury lawyers understand a serious injury can be traumatic and have long-lasting impacts on an entire family. That is why we have created several resources to help guide parents after a child is seriously hurt:
- 5 Tips to Choose the Best Lawyer After a Daycare Injury
- 5 Step Guide for Parents After a Daycare Injury
- 5 Questions to Ask After a Serious Daycare Injury
- Helping Texas Parents Get Justice After Losing a Child to Drunk Driving
- Helping Parents: Next Steps After Your Child Is Attacked by a Dog
- What To Do After an Injury Caused by an Escalator or Elevator
Let The Button Law Firm Fight for Your Family After a Serious Injury
Our team of experienced and compassionate child injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family if your child was seriously hurt. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to listen, fight for your family, and help your family move forward. Our attorneys at The Button Law Firm are recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, and we can help guide you after a traumatizing incident involving your child. We work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Contact us by phone at 214-699-4409, email, or our a contact form for a free consultation.