Q: Can I file a personal injury claim in Atlanta on behalf of my minor child?
A parent or legal guardian may file a personal injury claim for a child. For a better understanding of Georgia laws and how they may impact your case, contact Jason Schultz, a personal injury attorney in Atlanta.
Filing a personal injury claim can help you recover the damages that your child and family have suffered. For instance, medical expenses could be covered, including future care that may be necessary.
If a parent is unable to work in order to care for his or her child, the earnings the family is going without may be recoverable through a claim, too. Other damages could include pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, reduced quality of life and permanent disability.
Child Injury & Fatality Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 12,000 children younger than 20 lose their lives as a result of accidental injuries in the U.S. each year; many of these injuries are preventable. What's more, another 9 million children suffer nonfatal injuries that require a trip to the emergency department.
The CDC found the following causes contributed to the greatest amount of the life-years lost over the course of the years researchers examined (2000-09):
- traffic accidents (55 percent);
- suffocation; and
There are so many circumstances in which a minor child could be injured as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless actions. In addition to the aforementioned, other causes of child injuries may include medical malpractice, slip and fall, or a dog attack/bite.
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta
If you need help filing a personal injury claim and understanding your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz. We understand the devastation that a family may experience when a child has been seriously injured. Take advantage of our free consultation by calling us at 1-404-474-0804 to discuss filing a personal injury claim for your child.