While it’s a fear that’s in the back of every parent’s mind, you’re never prepared for seeing your child seriously hurt after an accident.
No matter how the accident happened, your child is an innocent victim and you are unable to take away their pain.
A serious child injury isn’t just emotionally and physically traumatizing for your child; it can also leave you facing financial hardship as you struggle to get your child the care they need.
If your child’s injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, you have the legal right to hold the at-fault party accountable.
An experienced Mobile child injuries lawyer can help you seek fair financial compensation to make sure your child receives the best care possible and safeguard their future. Contact Lattof & Lattof, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with a child injury lawyer who can help.
How Lattof & Lattof, P.C. Can Help with a Child Injuries Case
Lattof & Lattof, P.C. has proudly served Mobile residents for over 65 years.
Our family-owned law firm has helped scores of injured clients and family members recover damages for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
When your child has been left seriously injured, you may be unsure of where to turn for help.
Our Mobile personal injury lawyers are here to guide you through the claims process with a combined century of experience.
At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., your child injuries lawyer in Mobile will:
Help You Explore Legal Options
You may feel helpless and unsure of where to even begin when your child is injured in an accident. We will help you review your case and understand your legal options. Depending on the nature of your child’s injuries, there may be multiple parties who are liable under many areas of Alabama’s personal injury law. Your case may involve making a claim against an insurance company, a government entity, or directly against an at-fault party.
Build Evidence to Support Your Case
To fight for the full compensation you deserve, we will work with you to gather evidence to support your claim against the party who is responsible for your child’s injuries. This can include testimony from medical experts, surveillance video, police reports, witness statements, and more. We have the decades of experience needed to know where and how to look for the evidence you will need.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
When your child is injured, you should be focused on their recovery, not fighting with an insurance company. We will work directly with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier to negotiate a fair settlement. We understand the tactics necessary to convince an insurance company to make a fair offer that fully compensates you.
Fight for You in Court
If we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, our trial lawyers will take your case to court. We will argue your case in front of a judge and jury to fight for your rights and show the true extent of your child’s injuries.
Common Child Injury Cases in Mobile, AL
Child injuries can occur in many ways. While children are often hurt in the same types of accidents that injure adults, many child injury cases are unique. This includes dog bites, nuisance attractions, and playground accidents.
At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we represent child injury victims and their families in all types of cases. The following are some of the most common personal injury claims involving children.
Traffic accidents are the most common cause of accidental death and injury among children. In the United States, over 117,000 children are injured and 675 kids under 13 are killed in car accidents every year. In 2016, 41 of these deaths were children in Alabama.
Traffic accidents that lead to child injuries usually involve a negligent driver. Was your child seriously hurt by an at-fault driver, drunk driver, or distracted driver? An Alabama car accident lawyer at Lattof & Lattof, P.C. will help you hold them accountable. We will also explore other parties that may be liable such as the manufacturer of a faulty part.
Bicycling is a fun and healthy activity for kids and learning to ride is one of life’s most exciting early milestones. Sadly, children are at a high risk of being involved in a bicycle accident involving a vehicle while riding in their neighborhood. According to the NHTSA, more than 850 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year and 20% of the victims are children. There are also more than 470,000 bicycle-related injuries every year.
Has your child been hurt after being struck by a vehicle while riding their bike? Drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists and may be held liable when they strike a child on a bike. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we have decades of experience representing children and their families in bicycle accident cases.
Dog bites are among the most devastating injuries that children can suffer. Sadly, in 2001 alone, more than 368,000 people were treated in ERs for non-fatal dog bites and children between 5 and 9 had the highest injury rate.
Young children are most at risk of serious dog bites because they are prone to petting unfamiliar dogs and do not recognize signs that a dog is frightened or angry. Dogs also tend to bite in the face and neck. A dog bite can leave a child with devastating and lifelong injuries, disfiguring facial scars, chronic pain and fear, and the need for invasive surgery.
Has your child been injured in a dog attack? Dog owners are held liable for the injuries their dog causes in most cases. Lattof & Lattof, P.C. represents young victims in dog bite attacks. Contact us today to explore your legal options for holding an irresponsible dog owner accountable.
You trust that your child will receive the best care possible in a hospital or under the care of a physician. However, medical malpractice is more common than you would want to believe. Errors and negligence by medical providers contribute to an estimated 250,000 deaths every year, but Alabama residents receive fewer medical malpractice settlements per capita than any other state. This means you have an uphill battle in Alabama with medical malpractice laws that heavily favor practitioners over patients.
Has your child been left with serious injuries or worsened health due to the negligence of a medical provider? Medical malpractice comes in several forms:
- Medication errors
- Treatment errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries like cerebral palsy
Because medical malpractice claims are notoriously complex in Alabama, it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your child’s rights.
Swimming Pool Accidents
A pool is a great way to beat the heat during summertime in the South, but swimming pool accidents are a major cause of accidental death and injury among children. Swimming pools are also the leading cause of catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries among kids
Has your child been injured in an accident involving a pool on someone else’s property or at a public pool? You may have a premises liability claim against the owner. Pool accidents may also involve product liability if your child’s injury was ultimately caused by a faulty diving board or equipment
Who Is Responsible for My Child’s Injuries?
Depending on the circumstances of your child’s injury, there may be multiple parties who are legally liable for their injury. Alabama law holds accountable individuals, property owners, manufacturers, and businesses when their negligence or intentional wrongdoing causes injury.
At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we will investigate your child’s accident to determine who is ultimately liable. Possibly liable parties can include:
- Medical providers
- Dog owners
- A school or school coaches
- Product manufacturers
- Business or property owners
- Government entities
Personal injury cases involving children can be very complex and touch on many areas of Alabama law such as premises liability. No matter how your child’s injuries occurred, the Alabama child injuries lawyers at Lattof & Lattof, P.C. can help. We will conduct a thorough investigation of your child’s accident and help you understand who may be legally responsible.
Compensation Available in an Alabama Child Injury Case
Alabama law allows victims in personal injury lawsuits to seek compensation for their damages from the at-fault party. If your child’s injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, whether it was a negligent property owner who allowed dangerous conditions to exist or a reckless driver, your child may have the right to compensation. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we will not rest in building your child’s case and pursuing all of the compensation they deserve.
You may be able to recover compensation for your child’s current and future medical expenses. You can also recover compensation for your child’s reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. The goal of this compensation is to make your child as whole as possible after the accident and it can help safeguard your child’s financial future and well-being.
Damages that may be available in your child’s case include:
- Medical expenses, including anticipated future medical costs.
- Reduced future earning capacity. This may be awarded if your child’s injuries will likely prevent them from working in the future.
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
Your child’s case may also qualify for punitive damages. Our Alabama child injury lawyers will seek punitive damages in cases that involve malice or gross neglect. Punitive damages are rare but they are designed to punish someone for particularly egregious behavior
In Alabama, punitive damages are capped at twice the amount of economic damages (such as medical expenses) and an equal amount of non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering) up to $70,000 or a flat $200,000.
In some child injury cases, other damages may also be capped. Claims involving medical malpractice, for example, have non-economic damages capped at $250,000 or $500,000.
When filing a personal injury claim on behalf of an injured child, it’s crucial to work with experienced child injury lawyers in Mobile. Damages to a child are more difficult to calculate than damages involving an adult because the child may face emotional and psychological trauma when they begin school. Their health and the consequences of their injuries may also change as they grow
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Mobile Child Injuries Lawyer
Has your child been left seriously injured after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence? While compensation can’t take away your child’s pain or erase the physical and psychological scars they have suffered, it can ensure your child receives the medical care they need
At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., our law office has more than 65 years of experience representing injured children and their families. We will help you hold the responsible party accountable and fight for full compensation for your child. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a child injuries lawyer in Mobile to discuss your legal options.