It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: that phone call in the middle of the night saying your child was in an accident. It’s horrible to hear your child’s scared voice on the other end of the line, but it’s even more terrifying to hear a stranger’s voice relating the news.
Would you know what to do in the event your child was injured due to the negligence of another driver? There would be no hesitation to take action against a stranger who negligently injured your child, but could you take action against someone you knew — like your child’s best friend? Or their parents?
There are certain steps that must be taken to preserve your child’s rights in the event he or she is in an accident, even if it isn’t a motor vehicle accident.
- Seek medical treatment. Even if the injury seems minor, it is better to be seen by a knowledgeable physician to rule out unnoticeable injuries that could be fatal if ignored or become a potentially life-long medical issue if not treated immediately.
- Determine at-fault negligence. Could the accident have been prevented? Children can be injured by any number of things: cars, toys, pets, etc. As a parent, your job is to determine whether the injury could have been prevented if proper caution had been used.
- Protect your child’s rights. A parent’s main duty is to protect their child. This includes times when they may be hurt due to someone else’s negligence. Hiring an experienced child injury attorney can help protect your child’s rights and secure the compensation needed to pay those medical bills.
Insurance companies do not secure the rights of the victims, and they will likely not provide compensation for all the medical bills and continued treatment that may be needed. Contacting an experienced California child injury attorney is the best way to protect your child’s rights and obtain the compensation you deserve and require.