Children are among the most treasured—and most vulnerable—people in our lives. As a parent, you do all that you can to protect your kids from injury and the dangers that lurk in society. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts to shield your children, the carelessness and negligence of others sometimes pierce that bubble of safety.
Indianapolis child injury attorney, Randall “Randy” Sevenish stands up for the rights of children who have been injured because someone else was negligent. As a father and grandfather, he understands parents’ concerns for their children and the devastation they feel when a child gets hurt because of someone else’s wrongful acts.
As a karate sensei and an experienced personal injury attorney, Randy Sevenish has a distinguished record of protecting children. “Kids are vastly the most important asset not only to their families but to our state and nation as our future and the American and Christian ‘way of life.’ As such, they are innocent, helpless in many cases, and must be protected. That is only the right thing to do,” he says.
Sevenish Law Firm is proud of its record of helping children and their families after a child has been harmed by someone else’s negligence. To discuss your child’s injury case with our firm, contact us by phone or through our online form. We serve clients throughout Indianapolis and Indiana. We’re ready to provide you with a free and confidential consultation about your child’s case.
Children Who Have Been Injured by an Adult’s Negligence
Children are innocent, inexperienced, and naïve about the risks and hazards that confront them every day. Those traits are part of what makes kids so endearing. Unfortunately, they also make children vulnerable to the carelessness of adults who should know better.
Kids can suffer serious injuries as a result of virtually any form of negligence. Some of the greatest threats come from the following:
- Defective products. From toys and car seats to cribs and clothes, children use a wide variety of products, as any parent well knows. Companies that design, produce, and sell children’s products have a duty to make sure their wares are safe. If a defective children’s product harms your child, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation.
- Car accidents. Even though responsible parents do all they can to protect their children on the road—including securing them in car seats—children are still vulnerable to injuries in motor vehicle accidents. If another driver was responsible for the crash, your child may be entitled to compensation in a car accident lawsuit. You may also be entitled to compensation if a defective car seat or a defect in the vehicle contributed to your child’s injuries.
- Daycare injuries. It is a serious matter when parents entrust the care of their child to a nursery or daycare provider. They rightfully expect the staff and management to act like a parent would and keep their child safe and healthy. Unfortunately, some facilities fall short of this duty, and their negligence causes children to get hurt in accidents. In some instances, the operators of daycare facilities are negligent in their hiring and retention of employees, exposing children to abusers, for example.
- Dangers on properties. Children lack the experience and knowledge to recognize and appreciate the hazards on properties. That’s why property owners—particularly owners of pools and playground equipment—have a duty to make sure their facilities do not pose an unreasonable risk to children. When they fall short of this duty and a child gets hurt, the property owner may be considered negligent and subject to a claim for compensation.
- Animal attacks. Owners of dogs and other potentially dangerous pets have a duty to prevent their animals from attacking and injuring children, who are the victims of some of the most serious injuries caused by dog bites and other animal attacks. If the animal’s owner is found to have been negligent and liable for the child’s injuries, coverage is often available through homeowner’s insurance coverage held by the pet owner. You can read our tips to protecting your children from dog attacks.
- Amusement park and playground accidents. A day spent at an amusement park, carnival or even the neighborhood park or playground can be a real treat for a child. Thrills and excitement are a key part of the experience, but operators have a duty to make sure the facilities are safe for kids. When a child gets hurt in an accident that was caused by negligence, the operator or other responsible party may be liable for paying compensation.
- Inadequate supervision. When you entrust your children to someone else’s supervision—for example, a sports coach, a teacher, a church leader, or a youth group organizer—you expect that person to treat your children as if they were their own. In some instances, people entrusted with the care of a child fail to properly supervise and protect their charges from danger. If their inadequate supervision amounts to negligence and a child is harmed, it may be grounds for compensation.
These are just a few examples of the many circumstances in which someone else could be liable for a child’s injury caused by negligence. If your child has been seriously hurt and you believe someone else may be at fault, it is best to discuss your situation with an experienced children’s injury attorney like those at Sevenish Law Firm.
Help for Children Hurt by the Negligence of Others
As trusted advocates for the rights of injured children, the attorneys at Sevenish Law Firm are prepared to review your child’s situation and determine who may have been negligent in causing the accident and who may be held liable for your child’s injuries. Talk to us before you discuss the accident with the insurance company. Our child injury attorneys will give you their honest, professional opinion about your situation and discuss what your options are.
In Indiana, most personal injury claims must be filed within two years after the accident. This is what is known as a statute of limitations. However, if a child was the victim of the accident, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until he or she turns 18. It is best to take action as soon as possible while evidence is still available and witnesses’ memories are fresh.
Are you ready to get help for your child? Your consultation is free, confidential, and comes with no strings attached. Our Indianapolis child injury attorneys will aggressively pursue the compensation your child deserves, and we will act with honesty, fairness, and integrity when seeking a result that is in your child’s best interests.