Was Your Child Injured?
Leavitt Yamane & Soldner: Protecting Your Loved Ones
Providing for a seriously injured child is one of the most difficult problems
a family can face. According to a 2004 report from the Center for Disease
Control, approximately 4,895 children died of accident-related injuries.
Children are more vulnerable to injury because of their size and slower
coordination, and are often victims of caretaker negligence and defective
products. If your infant or child has been injured because of someone
else's actions, you may have a viable case. The Honolulu-based child
injury lawyers at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner can help you sort through
all the issues surrounding your case to attain a resolution.
For legal guidance, call (808) 518-2120 to request a free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Child Injury
Every day, countless children are injured as a result of someone else's
negligent or reckless actions.
Following are some of the most common causes of child injury:
pedestrian accidents, and school bus accidents - If your child was injured in a vehicular accident, issues of road safety,
traffic regulation, driver responsibility, and child supervision come
Dangerous and recalled defective
products and toys - A dangerous and/or defective toy can pose a significant safety threat
to your child. Product manufacturers must repair or recall toys with hazardous
pieces, sharp edges, and flammable or lead components.
Birth injury and other medical malpractice-related injuries - A medical professional's negligence can present unique concerns
when children are involved. Child victims of
medical malpractice most commonly suffer injury at birth, as a result of misdiagnosis, and
substandard medical treatment - or sustain latent harm that surfaces further
along in life.
Dog bites and other animal attacks - Pet owners are responsible for their animals and can be held liable
in the event their pet causes a child's injury or death.
Playground accidents - Liability in playground accidents depends on the city in which the accident
occurred, how the accident happened, involvement of other children and
caretakers, and equipment safety.
Accidents caused by inadequate child supervision - Caretakers and childcare facilities that fail to provide reasonable
care through proper supervision can be held liable for negligence when
a child is injured or killed as a result.
Organized sports-related injuries - Although organized sports benefit children, playing sports can pose
serious risks. Inadequate supervision, damaged equipment and facilities,
poor coaching, and the actions of other players can all cause child injury.
If your child suffers injury, your ultimate goal is choosing a course of
action that is best for your child's and family's complete recovery.
As a parent, you could be entitled to compensation for the lost future
financial contributions and companionship of your child. However, determining
liability and compensation is a complex legal process hinging on the circumstances
of the injury, state law, and the age, maturity, and intelligence of the child.
Honolulu Personal Injury Attorneys Protecting Your Child During Litigation
Once you bring a child injury lawsuit, your case will go through a process
of litigation. Most child injury cases never go to trial, reaching a settlement
through arbitration or other means. Many parents are concerned that their
child will be traumatized by the litigation process. However, state and
federal law prevents this by awarding children special protection during
litigation. While the child "owns" the lawsuit and has the same
rights as adults to recover compensatory damages, the child is represented
by a parent or guardian who is, in turn, represented by a child injury
lawyer. Our Honolulu-based child injury lawyers at Leavitt Yamane &
Soldner have years of experience representing injured children with great
skill and sensitivity.
For high-quality legal representation, please get in touch with us today.