Frequently Asked Questions About Child Injuries
At the New York law firm of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, we understand how frightening it can be if your child is injured in a serious accident or by the harmful intention of another. We know you probably have many questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about child injuries and New York parental liability laws.
How do I know if my child is being abused?
For parents, it is unimaginable that someone could abuse their child, but it is important to be aware of the signs of sexual or physical abuse by an authority figure. These include:
- Emotional withdrawal or passiveness
- Low self-esteem
- Physical withdrawal; does not want to be touched
- Weight or other physical changes
- Difficulty focusing in school
What should I do if I find out my child has been seriously injured?
If your child has been injured, always seek medical attention first. Your child’s well-being is the most important thing to attend to. And not all injuries are visible. A medical professional can examine your child for any other injuries, including internal injuries or mental distress.
After that, then it is important to find out what happened. Our lawyers can help you get to the bottom of what caused the accident – and who was at fault. We understand how to build a strong case by conducting a thorough investigation.
Even if the case involves a seemingly common childhood accident, negligence on the part of an individual or institution may be at play, warranting further investigation and perhaps a lawsuit.
Can my child file an injury claim?
Yes – as parents, you can bring an injury claim on behalf of your child. However, it’s important to enlist the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney – one with experience handling child injury cases.
What compensation can my child recover after an injury?
The general compensation that you can recover in a child injury case is similar to any other personal injury case, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Other accident-related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional or mental distress
How will a lawsuit affect my child?
How a lawsuit affects your child depends on their individual situation. Children are resilient. However, if you are concerned about your lawsuit going to court, you can feel confident that both courts and child injury attorneys put your child first, just like you. We will always put your child’s best interests first while we strive for justice.
Contact Us For Answers
We know that you need answers. If you have more questions specific to your case, please contact us today. We can help. We have more than 50 years of experience advocating for injured children and individuals, and we are committed to helping you recover the compensation your child deserves.