Personal Injury Childhood Injuries
Injury Representation in Marietta, Georgia
It is hard to imagine a more emotional event than when a child is killed or
injured. Literally, it is every parent's worst nightmare come true. Sadly, many childhood deaths and injuries are preventable. We trust product manufacturers, schools, teachers, daycare centers, playgrounds, apartment complexes, doctors, hospitals, and many others, in order to help us to prevent harm from coming to our kids. However, the plain fact is that we live in a very dangerous world and there is much more that can be done in order to protect our children.
In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published its long term study entitled
a "Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Unintentional Injuries among 0-19 Year Olds in the United States, 2000-2006". Some of the many notable findings that came out of that previous study were:
"On average, 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the U.S. from an
Unintentional injury. According to the CDC, "unintentional injuries are predictable and preventable when proper safety precautions are taken
- they are not "accidents". Now, as of 2015, in the data from 8 years since, the CDC states that
"More than 9,000 children die each year (equivalent to 150 school busses all loaded with children each year). So, the statistics are improving, but still
"about 20 children die every day from a preventable injury - more than die from
all diseases combined."
In its solution
oriented recommendations from its
data, the CDC now writes that another approach to injury
prevention is a focus on the "Three
E's" : education, enforcement, and
engineering. The most effective
injury prevention efforts use a
combination of these strategies:
- Education is the foundation of much of public health. It can inform the public about potential risks and safety options and help people behave safely. An example would be teaching expectant parents how to properly use a child safety seat when transporting their newborn.
- Enforcement uses the legal system to influence behavior and the environment and can be very effective in preventing injuries, especially when combined with education. Examples include laws and ordinances requiring the use of child safety seats and bicycle helmets and enforcement of speeding limits and healthy housing codes. Adequately enforcing laws, ordinances, and regulations increases their effectiveness.
- Engineering uses environmental and product design strategies to reduce
the chance of an injury event or to reduce the amount of energy to which
someone is exposed. The best engineering solutions are passive: those that
do not require any effort from the person being protected. Examples include
flame-resistant sleepwear for children, safety surfacing on playgrounds, and
toys without small parts. Other technological solutions require repeated
action by the user, for example, installing a child safety seat, using
booster seats, and installing and maintaining a working smoke alarm."
An important part of that "legal system" that the CDC mentions is the civil justice system that allows you and your child to make claims against others. In addition to compensating injured children and their families, the legal system can punish and deter wrongdoers and make others sit up and take notice of the fact that we must protect children from harm, to the maximum extent possible. Whether it is a faulty product that gets made safer or a company that is made to pay for damages, when it functions correctly, the civil justice system can make the world a safer for other children as well as to provide for the future needs of injured children and their families.
Let Us Help You and Your Family
Keeping in line with the CDC's First "E", which is education, one practical
"every day" resource for preventing childhood injury is the book 365 Ways to
Keep Kids Safe, written by legendary attorney and children's rights advocate Don Keenan:
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I was fortunate
to receive an early
copy, while my son
was very young and
can say it helped me
to identify many
hazards over the
years, so much so
that I have since
given it as a gift
couples. It is a
reference as well
and not something
that you read once
and then give it
away. Children take
on new interests and
activities as they
age and grow older
and the associated
risks and dangers
for them are
as well. Awareness
of the possible
hazards, as well as
and our children on
how to avoid and
prevent them is
sometimes that is
actions of others
can harm our kids
grief, and sadness.
Sometimes there are
medical expenses or
the necessity of
future surgery, once
the child is older
or becomes an adult.
Every family's loss is different and unique. We are here to help you to get through those challenging and difficult times.
It is important
to act quickly in
the event of
childhood injury, in
order to preserve
there might be, as
well as to establish
the facts of
times I have seen
other parents, or
attorneys, to delay
the gathering of
the filing of any
so much so that some
legal rights to
lost forever and
can't ever be gotten back. Children and the parents of injured children each have different legal rights to different types of compensation.
People hear that a
child's legal rights to recover money in a civil lawsuits are preserved until the child is age 18, plus two years. While that is partially true, the parents only have 2 years to claim medical expenses - until the child is age 18, as well as loss of services. These years can be (typically are) the bulk of the expenses. While two years may seem like a long time, I can promise you that it is not. Trying to gather a massive amount of information (all or most of it), years past the event, is very difficult and time consuming. At the very least, you should have all of your questions answered, as soon as possible.
I am proud of my
victims and their
families. I am
to my client's cases and I care, individually, about them and their families. There is no fee for us to talk and I will be glad to answer your questions. Feel Free to call our office at your convenience.
Contact us at
(770) 999-6700 to arrange a Free consultation.
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