Burlington Child Injury Attorneys
When your child is injured, you almost feel the pain yourself. As a parent, you worry about rehab and full recovery, and of course the medical bills. You wonder how this could have happened and who is responsible.
At Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., we work hard to secure fair compensation on behalf of children injured by the negligence, recklessness or intentional acts of adults. We are familiar with the special legal issues for injury victims under age 18, and our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in a wide range of personal injury cases.
We take cases — big or small — in Burlington County, Camden County and all of New Jersey. Reach out today for a free consultation with our Burlington child injury attorneys.
Accidents And Injuries Involving Minors
Our lawyers provide vigorous and compassionate legal advocacy for children of all ages injured through:
- Auto collisions or bicycle accidents
- Dangerous products or dangerous property
- Dog bites
- Medical negligence
- Negligent supervision (playground accident, sexual abuse)
There is a common belief that children “bounce back” from injuries. While kids may heal faster they may not heal completely or correctly. A concussion or whiplash accident can seriously harm a still-developing brain. A broken bone can damage growth plates, resulting in deformity or impairment. A disfiguring injury can be psychologically and socially devastating to a young child or teenager.
Our experienced attorneys work closely with parents and with surgeons, neurologists, psychologists, physical therapists and other professionals to understand the extent of injury and any lasting impact. We pursue appropriate compensation for the medical bills and future care, for pain and suffering, and for permanent scarring or disability. We hold property owners, corporations and insurance companies accountable, through jury trial if necessary.
Looking Out For Your Child’s Best Interests
Special laws apply to those under the age of 18 in New Jersey who bring a personal injury lawsuit. Minors are presumably not old enough or wise enough to make a settlement for their injuries, so any settlement must be approved by a judge in a “friendly hearing.” Settlements over $5,000 go into an interest-bearing trust account that is overseen by a state agency. (Amounts under $5,000 are paid to the parents or guardians.)
There is also a separate statute of limitation for injuries to children. A young adult has two years after his or her 18th birthday to file a lawsuit. This allows for the healing process to play out, rather than settling a case too soon before the long-term damage is known.
The bottom line is that our attorneys have experience in these cases, and we are committed to your son or daughter’s health and your family’s financial recovery. To speak with one of our attorneys in a free consultation, call Smith Magram Michaud Colonna toll free at 609-589-0649 or email us.