Injuries to Children
Dedicated Attorney Serving Accident Victims Near Atlanta
Children are especially at risk for certain types of harm. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 2.8 million children are treated for fall-related accidents each year, making falls the leading cause of child injury. Other common causes are car crashes, swimming pool accidents, and day care incidents. No matter the source of your child’s injury, accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune can help you file a claim in the Atlanta area to seek the compensation you need to pay medical bills and help your youngster recover.
Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, Georgia law provides a remedy for the families of children hurt or killed by the carelessness of someone on the road. In the case of a car accident, for example, the minor’s family has the right to file suit against the negligent driver who caused the crash. Most Georgia residents must avoid behavior that unreasonably endangers the people around them. Driving too fast or failing to yield at an intersection may constitute a breach of this responsibility, among many other examples. If that behavior caused the child’s injuries, the motorist may be liable for damages.
Children Have Special Protections on Property
For situations when a child was harmed on the property of another person or entity, premises liability law may control. Specifically, Georgia has adopted the doctrine of attractive nuisance, which requires a property owner to take steps to keep children safe from hazardous conditions that may be interesting but dangerous to kids, such as swimming pools. The elements of an attractive nuisance claim are:
- The owner knew or should have known that children were likely to enter the property;
- The owner knew or should have known that the hazard could cause serious injury to children;
- A child would not understand the danger of the condition;
- The risk to children outweighs the costs of eliminating the danger; and
- The owner did not use reasonable care to address the condition.
An experienced attorney can help you gather the evidence needed to prove an attractive nuisance claim. In addition, standard premises liability rules protect children as well, meaning that a child hurt by falling merchandise or a faulty handrail may have a claim without the need to use the attractive nuisance rule.
Day Cares Must Follow Georgia Laws
Another source of child injuries is day care incidents. These facilities may be responsible if they were negligent in hiring or monitoring employees, failed to adequately supervise the children in their care, or fell short of specific child care facility standards imposed by state law. Talk to a knowledgeable lawyer if your child was injured at a day care.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Lawyer for Your Injury Claim
If your child was injured by the wrongdoing of another person, your family does not have to shoulder the physical, emotional, and financial burden alone. You and your child have rights and can hold the responsible party accountable. Whether the harm occurred as a result of a dangerous driver, negligent property owner, or unsafe day care, injury attorney Terrence R. Bethune can help you pursue the compensation to which you and your child may be entitled. To schedule a free case evaluation with our Atlanta firm, call 404-875-7800 or visit our contact page.