How do I claim compensation for my child’s long-term injuries?

Under Georgia law, a child can recover compensation for damages, just as an adult may do the same. However, the court also recognizes the parents’ right to be compensated for medical and other expenses they face as a result of the child’s injuries.

When a child is injured, the parents may file a claim recovering their own losses as a result of their child’s injuries. This likely includes medical expenses as well as lost time from work while caring for the child after the accident.

The claim should seek short-term medical expenses like a hospitalization, medication, etc., but also long-term damages like future physical therapy, wheelchairs, nursing care, and more, if required. Other damages may be recoverable as well, depending on the circumstances. Talk with a lawyer about recoverable damages in these cases.

Meanwhile, the injured child is also entitled to recover damages. The statute of limitations is tolled, though, and the child generally has until age 20 to file a claim, except in cases of medical malpractice when the child must file by age seven if under five years old at the time of the injury, or within two years of the injury if it occurred after the child turned five years of age.

Where to Find Legal Help in Peachtree City

If your child has suffered injuries in an accident, it is important to file a claim that covers not just medical expenses, but also the long-term consequences of the injury. But many parents feel overwhelmed dealing with the medical aspect of their child’s accident and injuries, as well as the legal side that may be necessary to recover damages.

Seek legal help to not only help alleviate this burden, but to help ensure you recover fair compensation for all short- and long-term damages. An attorney can also answer questions about filing a claim on the child’s behalf and when might be the right time to do so.

Call 404-474-0804 to discuss your claim with attorney Jason Schultz in Peachtree City. You can also fill out the form on our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation with our firm.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.