Can You File an Arizona Injury Claim on Behalf of Your Child?
Children are accident-prone by nature. Sometimes they can be prevented but in other situations, there is nothing anyone could do to stop the inevitable. When a child is injured parents frequently question the incident and themselves as to if they are able to pursue a personal injury claim for their children to pay for their damages. When circumstances are such that another party’s reckless or negligent actions caused your child’s injuries it is very plausible that you have valid grounds to take legal action.
Never underestimate the extent of your child’s injury and assume responsibility in situations that you had no control over which caused harm to your child. If your child was hurt in an accident that was not his or her fault, call the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at ELG to discuss the accident in detail. Our compassionate and resourceful Arizona injury attorneys can review your case and present you with options to consider, including pursuing an Arizona personal injury suit against the at-fault party.
What Child Related Accidents Can Be Claimable?
The first thing to think about when your child is injured is if it was preventable or not. If you or your child could have prevented the accident that caused injuries it is going to be more difficult to file a strong claim for compensation. However, if you can prove that another party was responsible for your child’s accident through their own recklessness or negligence you are going to increase your chances for building a successful claim that will result in a settlement.
The other thing that is important to your claim is to prove that your child was behaving responsibly and with caution and that he or she was not engaging in any negligent behaviors or actions. Some of the most common accidents that parents can file a claim on behalf of their child include:
- An Arizona car accident where they are hit an injured as a passenger
- An Arizona bicycle accident where they are a cyclist
- An Arizona pedestrian accident
- Injuries from a defective or malfunctioning product
- Injury accident while in the care of a school, nursery, daycare, or college
- Injury accidents at amusement parks or fairs
- Accidents on elevators and escalators
- Injury accidents while traveling or on vacation
- Slip, falls, and trips on property’s that are not maintained or are hazardous
- Accident at a public place like a business such as a restaurant
How Long Do You Have To File Your Child’s Injury Claim?
The rules for making a claim on your child’s behalf give you a different timeframe than you would have if you were making a claim for an Arizona personal injury for yourself. You can bring the process right after the accident takes place or until they turn 18. Meaning that if your child has an accident at age 10, you have 8 years to get your claim completed. While this sounds like you have plenty of time, it is easy to put the legal process on the back-burner only to forget and then lose your ability to obtain compensation for your child. When an accident happens and your child is injured, it is better to act sooner than later to ensure that you obtain the money you need for their injuries and care. The Phoenix bicycle accident injury attorneys at ELG.
Call the Phoenix injury attorneys at ELG today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free consultation.