Was your child injured in Miami, FL, because someone else was careless? Child injuries can be especially traumatic for everyone involved. A Miami child injury lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Since 2007, our legal team has proudly fought to help families in South Florida recover fair compensation after preventable child injuries. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in the process.
Our lawyers are here to help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact our law offices in Miami, Florida or call us today at (305) 937-0191, to schedule a free consultation today if you’re ready to learn more.
How Shaked Law Firm Can Help With a Miami Child Injury Claim
When your child is hurt, you need time to focus on your family. Your child deserves the attention and support only a parent can provide. But you may begin to worry about your family’s finances. The cost of treating a serious injury can be overwhelming.
Our Miami injury attorneys at Shaked Law Firm can fight to protect your financial security while you worry about your child’s recovery. Our Miami personal injury attorneys have over 100 years of experience between us. That makes us one of the most experienced personal injury law firms in South Florida.
When you hire us, we will:
- Launch a detailed investigation into your child’s accident
- Identify all responsible parties
- Hire respected experts and specialists to help when needed
- Handle all insurance company negotiations and fight to maximize your compensation
We know it can be difficult to trust a lawyer to protect your family. We’ve put in the hard work to become Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyers. Above all, we’ve helped countless families like you recover the money they need after an injury.
Are you interested in learning more about how we can help? Call for a free consultation today.
How Common Are Child Injuries?
According to CDC research, over 9 million children are treated for injuries in the U.S. each year. More than 97,000 children are injured in motor vehicle accidents annually. Nearly 800 children drown each year–and thousands more are injured in swimming pool accidents.
Overview of Child Injuries
Negligent adults can be held financially responsible when a child is injured due to their careless or wrongful acts. The grounds for recovering compensation will depend on how your child got hurt.
Premises Liability Claims
Property owners have a legal duty to keep their property reasonably safe. If it’s reasonable to assume that children will visit a property, a property owner should take steps to keep children safe.
Business owners are required to inspect for unsafe conditions, fix hazards, and provide adequate warnings about known risks. Special precautions may be required to keep children safe. Most of the time, owners don’t have to worry about keeping trespassers safe. However, Florida follows special “attractive nuisance” laws to protect children.
For example, property owners who install swimming pools are also required to install fences and other safeguards to keep wandering children out. Property owners can be held responsible for failing to take steps to keep children safe.
Caretaker Negligence and Negligent Security
When you drop your child off at school, daycare, or even summer camp, the adults in charge have a legal obligation to provide adequate supervision. That includes keeping the property safe and making sure children don’t wander off.
If criminal activity is a problem in the area, property owners and caretakers should take precautionary measures. That might include hiring security, installing cameras, or making sure all doors and gates are locked.
Product manufacturers must ensure that the products they sell are free from design, manufacturing, and marketing defects. That duty extends to children’s toys, car seats, furniture, and other products.
Companies that sell dangerous products can be held strictly liable when someone is hurt because of a product defect.
Types of Child Injury
Children can sustain any number of injuries in an accident. Unfortunately, children are often more susceptible to severe injury. After all, children are still developing and growing–and their bodies can be fragile.
Some of the most common types of child injury claims we handle involved:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken ribs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Crushing injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
Was your child seriously hurt in an accident? Our lawyers are available to come to you if you’re unable to make it to our Miami offices. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call for the legal advice you deserve.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of Child Injuries?
Millions of children are injured in the U.S. every year. Children can sustain the same types of injuries that impact adults. However, those injuries can impact a child’s life in far-reaching ways.
Depending upon the type of injury involved, your child could suffer serious long-term consequences, including:
- Permanent or long-term physical disability
- Developmental disabilities
- Cognitive impairment
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Loss of a normal childhood
You can count on our lawyers to work closely with your child’s doctors and thoroughly review all medical records. That way, we can get a better sense of how your child’s injury could impact their future–and fight to hold all responsible parties fully responsible.
What Causes Most Child Injuries?
Child injuries can happen in a number of ways. Child injuries often occur in the same types of accidents that injure adults. Other causes of child injuries tend to be unique to children.
At Shaked Law Firm, we handle all types of child injury cases, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Playground accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Food poisoning
- School bus accidents
- Accidents that occur at school or daycare
- Boating accidents
- Sports accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products
- Negligent supervision
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Child abuse or child sexual abuse
Children are vulnerable to any number of risks. However, adults are responsible for using reasonable caution to keep children safe. That’s especially true of the adults you trust to care for your child.
Florida personal injury laws hold caretakers, property owners, and even at-fault drivers liable when their careless actions cause a child to get hurt. Our lawyers can help you fight to hold the responsible parties accountable if your child was hurt.
To learn more about your rights, give us a quick call for a free case review today.
What is My Miami Child Injury Case Worth?
It’s important to know what your personal injury case is worth before you begin insurance negotiations. Accepting any insurance settlement means that you agree to drop any future claims–even if your future costs are much higher than expected.
Typically, factors that will influence the value of your personal injury claim include:
- The severity and long-term impact of your child’s injuries
- The cost of past and future medical treatment
- Your lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses
- The impact of the injury on your child’s education and career prospects
Estimating your child’s future needs can be extremely difficult. Our Miami child injury attorneys at Shaked Law Firm can help. We’ve worked with trusted experts and specialists for decades. With their help, we can get an accurate sense of how the injuries could impact your child’s future.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Child’s Injuries in Miami, Florida?
Some childhood injuries are particularly expensive. After all, some injuries can impact a child for decades.
Florida personal injury laws give victims the right to be reimbursed for all financial costs. These are called economic damages and include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Your lost wages while helping your child recover
- Long-term care
- Specialized education programs
- Medical devices and medications
- Property damage
- Transportation costs
- And more
Your non-economic damages account for physical and emotional challenges your family may face because of the injuries. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of a normal childhood
- Disfigurement or scarring
If your child died in a fatal accident, our Miami wrongful death lawyers can help you fight to recover damages for wrongful death.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After My Child Was Injured in Florida?
You don’t have unlimited time to file a lawsuit for damages. Under Florida law, the statute of limitations gives accident victims four years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Because of your child’s age, you may have more time to act. However, it’s always a smart idea to speak with a lawyer soon after the accident to protect your rights.
Contact a Miami Child Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If your child suffered an injury in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami, you deserve to hold the responsible parties accountable. However, you will need skilled legal representation to help you achieve this goal. Let us help your family after a child injury.
Call a Miami child injury lawyer at Shaked Law Firm for a free case evaluation today.