Personal InjuryCommon Causes of Child Injury
Neglect is a big reason for child injury
Children can get injured in more ways than can be counted. What is difficult for many parents is when their children are unnecessarily injured through the neglect of a third party, such as a daycare center or babysitter. Likewise, children injured in car accidents are a common occurrence in the greater Houston area.
Emergency rooms see many children every day. Across United States estimates are that over 9 million children are checked into an emergency room each year in the United States.
Some child injury accidents we see frequently
Some of the personal injury cases with children we see frequently include:
- Injury at Daycare Centers – when you entrust your children in the care of another, you expect it they will supervise your children in such a manner where the child will not be injured. While Texas regulates daycare centers, struggles to be profitable impact the quality of supervision often. A failure to adequately supervise a child at a daycare center is the number one cause of daycare accidents in the state of Texas.
- Car Wrecks – children are less likely to be injured in a car accident than adults. Having a highly rated car seat for infants and young children can help reduce the incidence of injury. Despite the best efforts of the parents, children are injured every day in car accidents.
- Dangerous Products – children are especially susceptible to products that are dangerously designed. From hoverboards to cribs, parents should check the CPSC for recalls – See http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/.
- Drowning Accidents – each year in Houston, many children drown in lakes and apartment swimming pools. We have represented several families after an apartment or other pool drowning.
- Dog Bites – Attacks by dogs can be terrifying, and they seem to happen more frequently to defenseless children. Dogs tend to attack small children at an alarming rate and the bites can be severe or even fatal.
Types of Injuries
Many types of injuries to children are serious. The most severe injuries include head trauma, broken bones, back and neck injuries, and burns, among others. Some injuries are life-threatening and require extensive medical treatment and lengthy recovery periods. In some instances, an injury can leave a child disabled for the rest of his life. Medical care can be extremely expensive and when the injury is due to another’s negligence, that person should be held responsible.
Head trauma is one of the most serious of all children’s injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a severe and sudden blow to the head. The injury can range from mild to extremely severe and some can be life-threatening. The child may suffer symptoms immediately, but they can take days or weeks to appear. When the brain tissues have tearing or bleeding, surgery may be necessary to reduce swelling. A TBI can result in lifelong disability or death.
What to do if Your Child Suffered an Injury
The consequences of a serious injury to your child can be physical, emotional, and financial. You need to ensure that your child receives immediate medical care. Medical costs can be astronomical, especially if the child has severe and ongoing injuries. The child may also suffer trauma and may have ongoing medical needs for an extended period of time.
If the injury was due to the negligence of another, you may have legal options. Discuss the matter with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate the situation and facilitate the gathering of evidence to prove negligence. You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries including money for medical expenses, medications, pain and suffering, and more.
How injury lawsuits in Houston differ when they involve children
Personal injury lawsuits with children require special procures to settle and fund. The courts in Harris County, Texas, take special precautions to protect the child’s interests. Our daycare injury lawyers have been protecting the financial future of children for over three decades. We have many 6 and 7 figure wins.
Contact a Compassionate Attorney
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have experience handling all types of child injury cases, including at daycare centers. Our daycare negligence lawyers have obtained millions of dollars for our clients. We understand that this is a difficult time for your family, and we will handle the legal issues and guide you through the process to make it as stress-free as possible. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case evaluation.
Call (281) 587-1111 – There is never a charge for the injury consultation!
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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish
An Interactive Guide
You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.
Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.
All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.
A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.
A Guide For All Car Accident Victims
In this guide, you will learn:
- How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
- How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
- What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
Get To Safety
Prevent Further Damage & Injury
If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.
Survey The Damage
Call The Police + Gather Evidence
After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.
As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:
- Identify Extent of Injuries
- Identify Witnesses
- Identify Vehicle Damage
Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.
Should I Take?
Take Photos Of The
Other Driver's License
Damage On Both Vehicles
License Plate Of
Insurance Policy Of Other Driver
Get Medical Help
Your Health Is #1
After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.
Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.
Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Ribs
- Punctured Lungs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden forward or backward jerking motion of the head, which can damage the intervertabral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash manifest in neck pain, dizziness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, lower back pain and sometimes numbness in the arm or hand.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma, and varies depending on the forces involved and the individual. It cannot be seen outside of the body, and it may occur within organs, tissues and body cavities including the abdomend, chest, spinal canal and head.
It takes aproximately 4,000 Newtons (measurement of force) to break or crack a rib. The symptoms of a broken rib include pain while breathing, applying pressure to the area, and when you bend or twist your body. Ribs are often broken by the force of the seabelt during deceleration of the vehicle during a crash.
Puncturing a lung can be a serious injury. In a punctured lung, air gathers between the lungs and the chest cavity. The pressure build up makes it impossible for the lung to expand. Symptoms include coughing blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness and headaches.
Hire An Injury Lawyer
Save Time. Get Compensated.
Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.
At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.
Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.
Time Is Of The Essence
In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.
Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.
If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.
If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.
File Your Claim
Notify Your Insurance Company
It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.
Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.
Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.
Find Your Insurance Company
Find Your Insurance Company Contact Info
Learn Fault Factors
How Fault Is Determined
Were you speeding? Nearly one-third of all car accidents can be attributed to speeding.
Was anything obstructing your view? Over half of all states have windshield obstructions laws.
What were the weather conditions? Slippery roads can reduce traction and cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Who had the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one, but it does state who must yield (give up) the right of way.
What were the Traffic Conditions? Crashes of all types are at their highest Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Were you distracted? (Radio, Phone) Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
Were you wearing a seatbelt? Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Was a citation given out? In most instances, any driver violating traffic law will be held largely responsible for a resulting car accident.
Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.