Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child?
As a parent, you likely do everything in your power to keep your child safe from harm. Unfortunately, it sometimes doesn’t matter what you do—accidents still happen. In these cases, if your child is injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be wondering whether you can bring a personal injury claim on behalf of a child.
Our team at Joel H. Schwartz, PC wants to help you and your family during this time of need. Below, we offer some crucial information on filing personal injury claims on behalf of children.
When You Can File for Your Child
In most cases, if your child is a legal adult, he or she has the right to file a personal injury claim on his or her own behalf. However, if your kid is younger than eighteen and suffers damages because of another party’s recklessness, you, as a parent, can file an injury claim on your child’s behalf.
However, it’s important to note that any benefits awarded will likely be placed into a special account. This settlement won’t be available to the child until he or she is a legal adult. Exceptions can be made for pressing medical expenses parents have had to pay because of their children’s injuries.
An Injury Lawyer Can Help You and Your Child
If your little one was hurt because of another person’s negligence and you’re wondering whether you can file a personal injury claim on his or her behalf, the short answer is yes. However, you may need the assistance of a qualified lawyer. This area of the law is complex, and our team at Joel H. Schwartz, PC is here to make sure your child gets the justice he or she deserves.
If you’re ready to schedule a free consultation, get in touch with us today. We can be contacted through the form at the bottom of the page or by phone at 1-800-660-2270.