Who Can Bring a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Minor?
In most cases, Georgia courts allow a parent or legal guardian to bring a personal injury claim on their behalf when a child is injured. However, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed for this course of action to be successful:
- The parent(s) or legal guardian must have custody of the minor at the time of the incident, and they also must not have contributed to the child’s injuries in any way.
- The parents or guardians must be acting out of concern for their own minor children, not because they are angry at another party who may have contributed to the injury.
- If both biological parents do not live together and share custody, then only one parent can file a personal injury claim on behalf of the child.
If you meet all these requirements, then please do not hesitate to contact the Washington, Dreyer & Associates Law Firm for a consultation. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help guide you through this difficult time.
Types of Child Injury Cases
There are many different types of injuries that children can suffer. Some of the most common include:
- Car Accidents: Car accidents are one of the leading causes of child injury. Children can suffer from a variety of injuries in these accidents, including brain damage, spinal cord injuries and even death.
- Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is another common cause of child injury. Errors made by doctors or other medical professionals can have serious consequences for children.
- Defective Children’s Products: We’ve all heard horror stories about children’s products that are faulty or defective in some way. These can include everything from toys to cribs, and they have caused many child injuries over the years.
- Dog Bites: Children are often bitten by dogs who aren’t properly trained to be around kids. Dog bites can cause serious injury, including puncture wounds, infections and disfiguration.
- Drowning: Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for young children in Atlanta. If you have lost a child due to a drowning accident, please do not hesitate to contact our office as soon as possible so we can help guide you through this difficult time.
- Wrongful Death: The death of a child is something that no parent should ever have to go through. If your child has died due to someone else’s negligence, then please contact our office as soon as possible.
Statute of Limitations for Child Injuries in Georgia
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit or claim.
However, it is important to note that there are some exceptions to this rule, so please contact our office as soon as possible if your child has been injured and would like legal advice. After we review your case, we’ll take the time to explain your options. Then, we’ll let you know which one is best for you.
Contact the Child Injury Lawyers at the Washington, Dreyer & Associates Law Firm Today
There aren’t many things in life that are worse than seeing a child suffer severe physical or emotional harm. So, if your child or ward sustains a serious injury, you deserve representation from the best personal injury attorneys in Atlanta.
Many of the child injury attorneys at the Washington, Dreyer & Associates Law Firm are parents themselves and know how important family is. As, such, we will do everything possible to hold the right person accountable.
Lastly, we are caring and compassionate and understand how important it is to get you and your child’s life back on track after they have been injured. We are here to help you do just that. For more information, please give us a call at 404.996.1794 or contact us online today.