Children are precious young lives, but they can also be very fragile. Any injury can be catastrophic, causing permanent harm or even death. As a parent or guardian, it can be very heartbreaking to watch your child suffer in pain. Worse still, knowing that your child’s life will never be the same again can be traumatizing. On top of that, the huge medical costs that come with treating serious child injuries are often overwhelming, necessitating the need for an alternative source of income. But since you can’t work while taking care of your child, their well-being is often in jeopardy.
Fortunately, Texas personal injury laws protect children from negligent actions or inactions of adults. Because children lack knowledge and experience as compared to adults, they can be more susceptible to harm from various types of accidents. If your child has been injured due to the carelessness of another party, you can obtain compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
And while we acknowledge that no amount of settlement is worth your child’s life or well-being, it’s important to reiterate that seeking compensation could be the only way your child’s future is guaranteed after an accident. Our caring and compassionate Conroe child injury lawyers can help you get the rightful compensation your child deserves.
In Texas, a child is anyone below the age of 18 years. Their lack of knowledge makes it impossible for them to undertake legal claims on their own, so an adult must do this on their behalf. Generally speaking, the child’s parents are legally allowed to pursue compensation on their behalf. But if a parent is not in the picture, the Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 44 makes it legal for children to be represented by a friend.
On top of that, the court may retain a guardian ad litem, who is an official advisor to the court, to ensure that there’s no conflict of interest between the child and their legal guardian or friend. They ensure that the child’s claims are not taken over at their expense, for the benefit of their representatives. This is explained further under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 173.
There are many causes of child injuries in Conroe, and most of them are caused by negligence. They include:
Regardless of whether the child’s injuries are caused by a defective product, negligence, or motor vehicle accident, our lawyers can fight to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Many child injuries can be permanent, resulting in further emotional trauma for the injured victim. When at school or playing with other children, the child may feel different from them, lowering his or her self-esteem in the process. Our Conroe injury attorneys understand this too well and work hard to obtain compensation for your child’s tangible and intangible losses such as:
Working with a qualified and skilled lawyer is essential to having comprehensive compensation for damages suffered by your child.
One of the most common questions that our Conroe child injury lawyers are asked is where the compensation awarded in an injury case goes. You are likely asking yourself the same thing as well for your case. Smaller settlement amounts are deposited into the court’s registry where it’s invested with other funds in low-risk investments as specified by Texas laws. The injured child can only access the funds once they attain the age of 18 years.
On the other hand, larger settlements can be channeled to a low-risk annuity or any other feasible investment to accrue interest until the minor turns 18. A minor’s compensation is never banked into their parent’s, guardian’s or representative’s account for direct management. This is to avoid any potential issues that could arise when the funds are not used for the child’s welfare.
Our law firm believes in fighting for the rights of all Texas, including children, and negligent adults should be held accountable after causing them harm. Together with our Conroe child injury lawyers, we can help your child make great strides towards recovery by obtaining maximum monetary compensation on their behalf. Contact our Lone Star Injury Attorneys offices today for a free case evaluation.