Hundreds of young children are injured and die as a result of accident related trauma – which, in fact, remains the number one cause of paediatric death in Canada. If your child or a child you love has been hurt or has wrongfully died, our Hamilton lawyers can help. Dealing with the consequences of child injuries can be both frustrating and terrifying, particularly when the injury is caused by the recklessness of another person or company, such as a trucking company.
The instinctive and unconditional love for a child is no doubt one of the strongest of human sentiments and because of this, an injury or death of a child can be the worst event parents and loved ones will ever have to endure. When your child is critically injured in an accident, navigating the legal aftermath can be a devastating and terribly complicated time. Our experienced Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers are able to help provide the proper legal guidance that parents or loved ones need in order to successfully pursue compensation and the future care that your child needs and deserves.
In Ontario, when someone else’s negligence or carelessness has caused your child’s injury, the liable party must be held accountable. If your child was injured or prematurely taken from your family, you need to take legal action immediately. Infants or minors under the age of 18 are not in a position to make their own binding legal decisions, which is why parents need to step in as “litigation guardians” and hire a personal injury lawyer on their behalf. Our compassionate Hamilton Injury Lawyers are able to handle any type of injury claim involving your minor child such as:
The impact of trauma on the health of kids cannot be understated. Injury and trauma are the leading cause of child death in Ontario. The most common causes of child and pediatric injuries in Ontario are:
Kids hit by cars – by far, the number one cause of injuries in kids (ages 5 to 18) are car accidents. Injuries from car and truck and accidents are the top cause of serious injury and death. It is not uncommon for kids to be hit on the street, in parking lots and in their own driveway. We have represented children run over by cars and trucks who did not see them.
Kids hit by cars while on their bikes – When it comes to kids on bikes, drivers are obligated to exercise an increased duty of care in Ontario. A bicycle accident involving a child can cause severe life-changing injuries in the blink of an eye. As a parent, we understand that you are likely in shock, scared, angry and have many questions about your child’s future. If your child is hit by a car while on his of her bicycle, it may be in your best interests to contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
Falls – are a leading cause of injury among children. In fact, the most common cause of injury among all traumatized children in Canada in 2017 was a fall injury. If your child suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person or because of disrepair of a property we can help. We can assist with injuries to kids who have fallen from windows, defective stairs, potholes, trip ledges and balconies in a state of disrepair.
Drowning Accidents – In Ontario, the number of child drowning accident deaths are in fact decreasing but there are still many preventable drowning deaths that happen each and every year throughout the province. Child drowning and near-drowning accidents often occur when a child falls into an unsecured and/or unmonitored outdoor swimming pool. In such cases, the pool’s occupier may have been negligent and a significant factor in such accidents. It’s important to learn your rights from an Ontario Personal Injury Child Drowning Lawyer to learn your rights.
Children left in hot cars – Prior to the 90’s heatstokr related deaths did not occur often in North America. Car seats in the 80’s were often kept in the front. When experts discovered that airbags could kill children, laws were passed which mandated that child car seats be strapped in the backseat. Since the 90’s hot car and heattroke related deaths have skyrocketed. It is extremely unsafe and dangerous to leave a child in a hot cars during the summer months. Babysitters and care-givers that leave children in hot cars can held accuntable for injury or death.
Dog Attacks – dog bites and dog attacks account for a significant amout of pediatric related trauma in Ontario. Dog bites occur more frequently in young children than adults and have a higher risk of resulting in serious injury or death. In younger kids, the most commonly affected areas are their head, face, and neck. As kids get older and moreso in teenagers, dog bites to the extremities (arms and legs) are more common. Those kids that survive dog attacks often end up suffering from terrible scarring, facial trauma and life-long psychological issues.
There is no doubt that each case presents a unique set of circumstances and opportunities to assist families cope with what can only be considered overwhelming loss. Typically a parent or loved one, acting as litigation guardian along with their Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers, can claim different types of compensation through a lawsuit or accident benefits depending on the severity of injury or whether or not the child has died, such as:
The development of claims for infants requires a deep understanding of the law. If is important that if your child is injured of has passed away, that he or she is provided with a fair award for his or her injuries and losses, or for the loss of care guidance and companionship.
If your child has suffered a critical and life changing injury, then it is important that financial recovery encompasses not only an award for pain and suffering, but also for the economic losses the child may sustain over the course of his or her lifetime. A seriously hurt child’s future must be protected.
Pediatric injury cases can be complex, as it can be especially difficult to valuate compensation for a childs permanent injury. Having a knowledgeable injury attorney with your and your family throughout the process can lift a huge burden from your shoulders, giving you the necessary time to grieve the loss of your child or help your child deal with his or her injuries. Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers are Hamilton personal injury lawyers that are experienced and will fight to recover the compensation your family deserves. We will pursue maximum compensation for your child’s injuries or for the loss of your child. Please feel free to contact us 24/7 to request a free, no obligation consultation with our legal team.
Our Hamilton child injury lawyers do not charge upfront fees, so there is no risk to you and your family. We only charge fees if we are able to help you recover compensation in your case. Call us at 1-833-4-LAWFIRM or at 905-333-8888 for more information, or fill in a contact form today.