As kids grow, it is inevitable that they would sustain some bruises and bumps. Sometimes, children may actually incur injuries that are serious in nature and necessitate admission to a hospital or require some other kind of intervention.
Typically, children often get these injuries from age-appropriate causes such as an accident from the use of dangerous toys, bicycle accidents, or accidents on the playground.
However, children may also incur serious injuries the same way that adults do such as, car accidents, swimming pool accidents, boat accidents, accidents caused by medical negligence.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) opine that motor vehicle accidents constitute “the greatest public health problem facing children today.”
Negligence and Child Injury
Child injury suits and adult personal injury suits take slightly different turns. Generally, adults are expected to act as rationally prudent individuals. When they don’t, they are then said to be negligent. The age is of little consequence, as long as it is at or over 18.
For kids, the wheel spins in the opposite direction. First off, Florida law does not recognize that children below six can be negligent. For older kids (6 to 17 years of age), the law only expects them to act as a reasonable person within their age group and level of experience.
Therefore, even if a child had in part caused his or her injury, the court wouldn’t treat the ‘negligence of the child’ (assuming the child is between the ages of 6 and 17), in the same way that the court would if the victim was an adult.
At Kenneth Padowitz, P.A. we understand that child injury cases require tact and special precautions. To this end, we make our offices comfortable for our young visitors, and provide valuable tips to parents as they navigate through their demanding state of affairs.
Our skilled and experienced child injury attorneys are available to provide indispensable personal injury legal help, if your child or ward had an injury caused by a traumatic accident. You can avail of our free consultation to inquire whether it is appropriate to take legal action. Call our Fort Lauderdale offices today at 954-761-3888.