Georgia Child Injury and Conservatorship Lawyer
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 more 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.
When a child is injured, special laws come into effect regarding who can sue, when a suit may be filed, recoverable damages, who manages the child’s compensation, and more.
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. At Scholle Law, our attorneys have the skill and compassion to navigate these very difficult and often emotionally painful cases. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Georgia child injury and conservatorship lawyer today.
Special Laws Related to Child Cases in Georgia
Several special laws apply to Georgia injury claims involving minors. Children may need a conservatorship from Probate court or a structured settlement. Conservatorships must be implemented if the net compensation paid to the child exceeds $15,000. The conservator is usually the child’s parent or guardian, but the court will determine if someone else should be named.
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 (O.C.G.A. § 19-7-2), 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” until the child’s 18th birthday (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-90). 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, and/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 expenses and losses to add up to many millions of dollars.
Speak to a Georgia Child Injury and Conservatorship Attorney Today
Few things worry parents and guardians more than the thought of their child being hurt. Unfortunately, you can take every reasonable step to protect your kids, but they may still get injured by another party’s actions or negligence.
If this is the case, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
For over 25 years, the team at Scholle Law has fought for justice and financial compensation for Georgians who were seriously injured by another person or organization’s carelessness.
We understand that clients with an injured or deceased child are experiencing a time of severe emotional strain.
We will fight for every cent your family deserves. After we have reached a settlement or favorable verdict, we can help you establish a conservatorship or other entity to keep your child’s money safe.
Even if another attorney wins compensation for your child, we can still help set up a conservatorship for you.
Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Georgia child injury and conservatorship lawyer today.