A few scrapes and bruises are part of growing up — but a severe injury to a child or teenager is not normal or expected. When injury or wrongful death strikes a child, it presents especially tough emotional and legal issues, cutting off a young life too soon or leaving a very young person to deal with severe emotional trauma, injury or disability for a lifetime. Unfortunately, kids are statistically especially likely to be injured in an accident, in part because of their smaller, more vulnerable bodies and in part because they are more active and less defensive than most adults.
It is important in cases involving children, that families seek the help of an attorney with the compassion and legal expertise to handle the most sensitive and complex matters. Charles Scholle is the Atlanta metro area injury lawyer with the skill and compassion to navigate these very difficult and often emotionally painful cases.
Injuries especially likely to affect children include:
- Motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Attacks by dogs or other domestic animals;
- Injuries from defective toys, baby equipment or other consumer products ;
- Organized team sports;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Careless supervision by adults;
- Exposure to lead or other poisonous substances;
- Child Abuse.
Several special laws apply to Georgia injury claims involving minors. Children under a certain age may need a Conservatorship from Probate court or a structured settlement. Most importantly, the child and his or her parents have separate legal claims. The child may sue for pain, suffering and any accident-related expenses he or she expects after turning 18, while the parents may sue for the cost of current medical treatment and the loss of the child’s services. The normal two-year deadline to sue (statute of limitations) in Georgia may be extended or “tolled” under certain circumstances. Moreover, Georgia law does not hold children responsible for carelessness in the same way as adults.
Cases of serious injuries to minors are especially complex because they require analysis of how the injuries will affect them over an entire lifetime. A severely injured child may need lifelong accommodation for a disability, multiple surgeries or years of therapy. There may also be a loss of future earnings component to the case. It is essential to understand the duration and costs of these things so they can be claimed correctly in a lawsuit. In cases of severe injury, it is not unusual for them to add up to many millions of dollars.
CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION REGARDING CHILD INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH by calling in Atlanta at 770-717-5100 or Toll Free at 866-972-5287.
For nearly two decades, Charles Scholle has fought for justice and financial compensation for Georgians who were seriously injured by another person or organization’s carelessness. He has years of experience with the complex legal, medical and personal issues involved in severe injury cases, including cases of eye injuries, burn injuries, brain damage, paralysis and other permanent disabilities.
Because he works with injured and bereaved people, he understands that clients coming to him with an injured or deceased child matter are experiencing a time of severe emotional strain. He and his legal team are committed to helping clients fully understand their legal situations and options, keeping them updated on important changes in their cases and getting them the best possible financial recovery.
If a child you love has suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death because of someone else’s carelessness, Charles Scholle has the experience and sensitivity to help at this traumatic time. To schedule our law firm for a confidential consultation please contact Scholle Law online or call 770-717-5100 in Gwinnett County or 866-972-5287 nationwide.
For more information about what to expect during litigation please go to: How a Personal Injury Case is Handled.