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Could the New Georgia Booster Seat Law Help Reduce Child Injuries in Clayton County?


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7/20/2011
JRS Staff
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A child injury from a car accident in Clayton County, GA may become a less frequent event with the recent passing of Georgia's new Child Passenger Safety Law. The law, which went into effect July 1, 2011, requires all children under the age of 8 be safely restrained in an approved child safety or booster seat.

Of course, even secured children can suffer injuries, and it is essential to consult a Lake City child injury lawyer about your legal rights in pursuing a settlement.

A full and complete claim may be difficult to pursue if a child is not properly secured in a booster seat. Georgia uses a modified comparative fault system in awarding compensation for a personal injury claim. Whomever is deemed responsible for the accident may be at fault, and a plaintiff may only be awarded compensation if he or she is 49% or less responsible for the accident.

Within the past 4 years, 95% of children ages 6-8 who were treated for car crash injuries at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta were improperly restrained. The hospitalization cost for 248 children suffering from car accident-related injuries during 2005 through 2007 was about $7 million, plus an additional $5 million for 5,111 emergency room visits.

Hospitalization costs for children involved in car accidents in Georgia are staggering. If the injuries were as a result of negligence, families may be entitled to compensation. 

Contacting a Lake City Child Injury Lawyer

To help you sort through the legalities of your particular case, contact a Lake City child injury lawyer. As the victim of a Clayton County accident, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn't you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case - 404-474-0804.



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