In Gwinnett County, Atlanta and across Georgia, injuries to children can be unnerving to the parent and emotionally scarring to a child. You do so much to keep your child safe, but a serious or fatal accident can be devastating and shake your confidence in yourself and the world. Whether a child is injured in a Gwinnett County automobile accident, truck accident, playground accident, premises liability case or is hit by a car, the fear, anxiety and trauma that the child experiences is magnified. I was in a serious auto accident when I was twelve (12) years old. I was lucky to survive. Months and even years later, though, I would still flinch when a car came to close to the one I was driving or riding in. The terror of that day has never left me, and I still bear the scars from that experience.
Typically, children’s bodies are more flexible and can withstand impacts more than adults. Young children have a capacity to recover more quickly and fully than an adult who may suffer a similar injury. That’s the good news.
However, child injuries in Georgia can be complicated because of the issues regarding legal competency and parental responsibility. If a child obtains a settlement of judgment in a case, any amount paid over $5,000 or $15,000 (depending on the circumstances) must be approved by the probate court of the county where the child lives. A conservator must be appointed to manage the child’s money, with the supervision of the court, until the child reaches the age of 18. An alternative to a conservatorship is a “structured settlement“. In a Georgia structured settlement, a third party company can arrange an annuity investment for the minor with the parent’s consent.
If a child suffers an injury which results in permanent disability, the parent’s role can as caretaker can extend throughout the child’s lifetime, requiring sometimes an adult guardianship by the parent.
Whether the injury suffered by the child is a result of a truck accident, car accident, premises liability accident or other catastrophic event, it is important to secure competent representation with an experienced Atlanta child injury lawyer.
Since 1995, Charles Scholle has fought for justice for Georgia families. We care about our clients. Even though our practice areas are situational and often do not require repeat representation once a matter is resolved, we remain in contact with most of our past clients. Legal matters can be very stressful. They often raise uncomfortable realities causing one to make important life decisions at vulnerable moments. It is important to us that our clients feel they we stand by them every step of the way as counselors of the law. Accordingly, we are able to focus our intellectual and financial resources on a few matters, maximizing the results, and ensuring a more satisfying representation for both the client and attorney.
We are passionate about the law and compassionate toward our clients. We understand the emotional uncertainty and economic hardship that can accompany unresolved legal issues. It can be a very helpless feeling. Our job is to combat that anxiety by educating our clients about how the law relates to their specific, personal factual situation. We work tirelessly to teach our clients, striving to make them feel less anxious and more confident and empowered. No lawyer can guarantee a specific outcome, but by taking the time to actively communicate and educate our clients, we allow them to worry less about their legal matters and concentrate more on their families, careers and day-to-day lives.
Powerful, well-funded forces are arrayed against Georgia citizens and families, whether they be business entities, insurance companies, government actors or quasi-governmental agencies. Our firm has excelled in defeating these forces through determination, resourcefulness and by simply working harder.