Child Injury Lawyers In Charleston, SC

Help When Your Child Is Hurt

Children often don’t see danger when approaching a dog, playing near a pool, or entering the street. That’s why there are special laws to protect them. When your child has been injured, be assured that the John Price Law Firm, LLC will do what it legally and ethically can to help the family through a difficult time, and to protect the rights and best interests of the child.

Our personal injury attorneys have represented many child injury cases on behalf of young victims. We have handled child head injury cases, fractured legs, broken arms, disfigurement, scarring and all types of injuries to children from:

The South Carolina child injury lawyers of the John Price Law Firm, LLC can meet with parents at our offices in North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville and Myrtle Beach.

Child Injuries In A Public Setting

It is not uncommon for children to sustain injuries while playing on public property. Playgrounds and parks fall under this jurisdiction. This means a government entity could be held liable for your child’s injury. In the event that this occurs, you could still take action by filing a child injury claim against the responsible government entity. This would mean you would have to take action against a city, municipality, government or state agency. This is where it helps to have an experienced attorney to handle your child injury claim. The John Price Law Firm has years of experience handling all types of child injury claims in South Carolina.

Who Can File A Child Injury Claim?

Any parent or guardian can file a claim, although it is strongly recommended that a child injury attorney be consulted right away. It should also be noted that a child who is 16 years of age could file his/her own claim when turning 18, as long as the statute of limitations does not expire. Nonetheless, the longer it takes to file a claim, the more it could hurt the claim. The defense could use that as a means of attacking your credibility. A parent or guardian should file a claim in a timely manner after the injury occurs.

What Are The Typical Damages Awarded?

In a typical injury case, a child may have to visit several different doctors, go to rehab sessions and possibly take new prescriptions. Throughout the recovery process, they will usually need their parents along to escort them and drive them to appointments. This means the parents will incur extra costs from their pocket for having to take time off of work and spend money on gas. It is easy to see how fast out-of-pocket expenses can add up.

Aside from the tangible cost to children after suffering an injury, intangible costs can also be high. A child may suffer low self-esteem, experience a missed sense of normalcy, reduced standard of living, decreased quality of life and other long-term suffering. Permanent physical damage or disfigurement can cause long-term costs that are greater than the immediate economic costs incurred. All of these are costs that can be added up and recovered in court.

If an institution allows, takes part in or permits injury to a child it is considered liable for the resulting damages. Whether an injury occurs on a construction site, at a school or at a public pool, the agencies operating these facilities are responsible because the workers and volunteers who work for them are acting as agents of the institutions who employ them. These institutions derive value from the people they employ, therefore need to be held accountable when the worker makes an error. Being able to prove liability of the principal institution can greatly increase the value of the case. Here at the John Price Law Firm our lawyers will help you make those valuable connections that will hold all responsible parties accountable and increase the amount of damages you receive.

What To Do When A Child Injury Occurs

The first thing you should do when your child is injured is seek medical attention. The safety and well-being of your child is of the utmost importance. The next step in the process is to gather as much evidence as possible. That means keep any physical clothing, a child car seat, or any other evidence that could validate your claim. It is also a good idea to take pictures and gather the name and contact information of any witnesses. What you do following the injury could go a long way towards getting compensation. And is extremely important to contact a child injury attorney. This will help determine which steps to take and how to proceed. A child injury attorney at the John Price Law Firm is standing by waiting to help with your claim.

Bringing a Child Injury Claim

Children are protected under the law because they don’t have the judgment or the reaction of an adult. If the child “darted out” into traffic, were there other kids present in the area that would have alerted the driver to be cautious of children? Did the playground equipment comply with applicable regulations? Was the dog on a leash or roaming free? Were there suitable lifeguards working to make sure no injuries were occurring?

When we take these cases to court, we ask juries to be fair, but to see the accident through the eyes of the child. In the event of a child head injury or other personal injury claim, contact the John Price Law Firm, LLC today. We will discuss your case in a free consultation, including evenings or weekends by appointment. We want to help protect your child’s rights and best interests. Let us help.