One in Five Child Deaths is Due to Accidental Injury
Get justice for your child’s wrongful death with help from an attorney.
Great progress has been made towards saving the lives of children with improvements in medicine, nutrition, and labor laws. However, many dangers remain. Every 4 seconds, a child visits an emergency room for treatment after an accidental injury, and every hour, a child dies from one of these injuries. As a matter of fact, accidental injuries are now the number one cause of death among children aged 0 to 19. Car accidents, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls are the most common incidents leading to these deaths. If your child was one of the roughly 9,000 children that dies from an accidental injury each year, you may be able to find some solace by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an expert attorney. If your child was severely injured but ultimately recovered, you may still be able to recover compensation via a personal injury claim. The best way to tell if you have a case is to contact an attorney such as Fernando D. Vargas who is experienced in both personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Building Your Case
In the immediate aftermath of an accidental injury to your child, naturally your whole focus and attention will be on getting medical help for the child. However, if you have any suspicion at all that someone else caused the accident, do not neglect to take steps to document the scene of the accident immediately after securing help for your child. For example, if your child has been injured in an auto accident, you would want to take pictures of the scene showing the positions of the cars as well as take down contact information from any witnesses. This documentation will be very helpful to your attorney as they begin to build a case for compensation.
What to Expect in Terms of Compensation
Seeking compensation for a child’s wrongful death is a bit trickier than a case involving an adult. The most common type of compensation sought in an adult case is loss of income because this loss can be easily quantified and proven. Of course a child has not even embarked on a career yet, so the compensation needs to be in the form of pain and suffering experienced by the parents, siblings, and other family members. In some cases where the behavior of the responsible party was especially egregious, we can also seek punitive damages.
If you would like to learn more about what can be done to hold the parties who caused your child’s wrongful death responsible for their actions, please contact the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas today.