Has your child been injured in an accident, assault, or due to negligent supervision in Ocala, Florida? The Ocala child injury lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can help you obtain justice and hold responsible parties accountable.
Your family may be entitled to substantial compensation for medical care expenses, caregiver costs, and pain and suffering. However, without an attorney, it may be impossible to get a fair amount. Our lawyers are here to help you understand your legal options to recover damages and take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions and offer an experienced-based opinion of the value of your case. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to take your call and offer legal assistance.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help If My Child is Injured in Ocala?
Children have a lifetime in front of them. Anytime they are injured, the potential exists for lifelong effects. Although one would hope an insurance company, school district, property owner, or any individual or third party entity would want to be fair, settlements are rarely fair if an attorney is not involved.
When you hire the team at Allen Law Firm, P.A., we offer our clients the following:
- Compassionate legal representation and client services
- Transparency, open communication, and regular updates on the development of your case.
- A comprehensive, independent investigation into the cause of the accident, including the circumstances leading up to it.
- Consultations with medical experts and specialists to determine the full spectrum of future care needed
- An evidence-based legal claim with persuasive arguments
- Aggressive negotiations
- Preparation of every case to go to trial if a fair settlement is not offered.
Our Ocala personal injury attorneys have more than 70 years of experience fighting for victims of serious injury in Marion County, Florida. And, our team of on-staff adjusters has more than 130 years of experience inside the insurance industry. Thanks to our comprehensive knowledge and experience, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for personal injury victims, including children.
If your child has been injured, Allen Law Firm, P.A., is here to help. Contact our law offices in Ocala, Fl to get started with your free initial case evaluation today.
We Handle All Types of Child Injury Accidents in North Central Florida
Children can be susceptible to many types of injuries. Some injuries can affect children the same way as adults, such as being a passenger in a car accident. However, children are curious and can get into trouble without close supervision and guidance.
Some of the types of accidents and incidents our Ocala personal injury lawyers see are:
- Accidental swallowing
- Attractive nuisances/bodies of water
- Bicycle accidents
- Childbirth oxygen deprivation
- Childbirth injury
- Auto accidents/ rear-end accidents
- Daycare accidents
- Dog bites
- Fireworks accidents
- Food poisoning
- Motorcycle accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Playground accidents
- Recess accidents
- Sports accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic chemical exposures.
Give our Ocala personal injury law firm a call to arrange a time to discuss your potential case in detail. We will listen to your story and review potential liability. Your initial consultation is always free. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. We are only paid if and when money is recovered.
Ocala Backover Accidents
Because of their small size, children are more vulnerable to certain injuries than adults. Young children and toddlers that get behind a vehicle are prone to tragic “backover” accidents. These incidents usually involve a vehicle backing out of a parking spot or driveway Backup cameras prevent many of these accidents, but there are many vehicles on the road that are not equipped with back-up cameras.
According to non-profit org Kids and Cars, 100 fatal backover accidents occurred in Florida from 1998-2018. The predominant age for these accidents is 1-2 years old.
If a driver does not ensure the area behind the vehicle is clear before going into reverse, they may be liable for injuries or death. These incidents are often heartbreaking and emotionally difficult. If your child was involved in an Ocala backover accident, we are here to provide guidance and support. Call us for a free and confidential legal consultation.
Fighting to Get Compensation For All Types of Injuries Children Experience in Florida
Whether an injury stems from a vehicle accident, a defective product, a negligent caretaker or teacher, or a health care provider – anyone who injures a child should be held accountable.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we handle injury claims involving all types of children’s injuries, including:
- Birth Injuries
- Broken bone injuries
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Injuries from falls from height (such as playground equipment or trees).
Along with injuries from accidents, children are at a much higher risk of being bitten by dogs. Young children are often bitten in the hand and face, which can cause permanent scarring. Dog bites can also cause long-lasting psychological and emotional trauma.
Before accepting any compensation offer for a dog bite or serious injury causing scarring or disfigurement, the injury must be examined and assessed by a competent and qualified medical expert (dermatologist or plastic surgeon).
What is a Child Injury Case Worth in Florida?
One of the most frequently asked questions in a Florida personal injury claim is “how much is my case worth?” Having handled many child injury cases, we fully understand how life-changing and heart wrenching these cases can be.
While money cannot undo the devastation of a traumatic injury or loss, it can facilitate emotional healing, provide the best possible compassionate care, while holding negligent parties accountable. In your consultation we can review the potential value of your case and explain what other cases have resolved for, and why.
Some of the factors that determine how much compensation will be available include:
- Initial medical care costs, emergency care, and hospitalization
- Projected future medical care expenses
- Physical pain/emotional suffering
- Loss of parents’ earnings to stay home and care for a child
- Loss of child’s future earnings / earning capacity
- Funeral costs (in wrongful death claims).
Available compensation in a child injury claim is determined based on the severity of the injuries sustained by the child or children. Minor injuries that don’t require hospitalization or surgery are usually settled for lower amounts than an injury that is serious or permanent.
Some child injury cases have led to system and policy changes at childcare centers and schools, to ensure future similar events are less likely to occur.
What Kind of Damages Are Available in Ocala Child Injury Cases?
Accidents involving children involve the same legal principles as accidents involving adults. Because a baby or child cannot file a lawsuit, a parent or legal guardian may file a suit on their behalf.
Children may be compensated for their:
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical disability, and
- Lost future earning capacity.
If a child is disabled as a result of an injury or accident, compensation may be available for home and vehicle modifications, necessary medical devices and equipment, etc.
When injuries are permanent, the compensation may be significant.
Parents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills they paid, future medical expenses, and earnings lost as a result of needing to stay home and take care of a child. Every case is unique with different circumstances and factors. If liability is disputed, recovering compensation may be challenging. The attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can review potentially available damages in your initial consultation.
How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit After a Child Injury in Florida?
For most negligence-based personal injury claims in Florida, you have 4 years to file a personal injury claim in court. However, rules are different when the victim is a minor. Minors have up to seven years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit.
Florida Statute § 95.051 allows this time period to be “tolled” or paused in several instances:
- During the period of time a person to be sued is absent from the state of Florida.
- If the person uses a false name (so that they cannot be served).
- If the child has no parent or guardian
- If the child’s parent or guardian is incapacitated
- If the child’s parent or guardian’s interest opposes that of the child’s interests.
Personal injury cases take time. Medical records need to be obtained and reviewed, and communications with insurance companies and legal counsel can take months. Meanwhile, the financial harm may be immediate. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner you can recover compensation.
It is critical to file a lawsuit on time. Once the statute of limitations passes, any lawsuits will be dismissed and you will lose your right to sue. Even though Florida offers more time than other states to file a personal injury claim, it is always recommended to begin proceedings as soon as possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation With our Ocala Child Injury Lawyers
We encourage any parent or grandparent of an injured child to contact our experienced Ocala children’s injury lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. Our Ocala child injury lawyers provide advice, resources, and support to families experiencing trauma or serious injury, while fighting for every dollar available.
Do not wait to reach out to our team. Even if you still have years to file a claim under Florida statutes, families are well-advised to move forward with injury claims immediately, while evidence can easily be accessed and witness recollections are fresh.