As parents or guardians, we never want to see our children injured or in pain. It is something we spend countless hours trying to prevent. Unfortunately, we cannot protect our children from all of life’s ups and downs, but we can take action if someone else’s behavior causes them harm. A Bellevue child injury lawyer is ready to guide parents and guardians through the process of holding defendants responsible and collecting compensation sufficient to address their child’s current and future needs. Let our compassionate personal injury attorneys help your case.

Events that May Cause Actionable Injuries

Children fall and receive bumps and bruises often. However, there are several circumstances how an accident could occur:

When someone’s neglect or wrongdoing significantly injures a child, the legal system may provide options. Local child injury attorneys may help families identify the appropriate defendants and negotiate fair settlements. If necessary, these veteran litigators may also prepare and present factually and legally solid cases to justify damages awards that address a family’s needs today and in the future.

Possible Restitution for Families of Injured Children

Post-injury, a child and their family may seek reimbursement for medical treatment, but that is not the only form of compensation available. Under the Revised Code of Washington § 4.56.250, injured parties may recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to measurable expenses and costs, both current and anticipated. Such outlays include much more than simply medical bills:

  • Occupational, physical, and speech therapy
  • Travel expenses for healthcare and therapy appointments
  • Prosthetics and mobility gear (wheelchairs, walkers, braces, etc.)
  • Prescriptions
  • Home-health aides
  • Mental health sessions
  • Adaptations to homes and vehicles

Non-economic damages are subjective losses that are not easily quantified and may include emotional distress, pain, and suffering, loss of companionship, humiliation, disfigurement, destruction of the parent-child relationship.

Experience plays a significant role in knowing what damages can be compensated. Without skilled representation, families may not receive all the compensation they deserve. Seasoned child injury lawyers can guide families, so they take the proper steps to address all the family’s needs.

What Should I Do If My Child Was Hurt Due To Someone Else’s Negligence?

Families must retain capable legal counsel soon after the injury occurs so they may avoid procedural mistakes that undermine their ability to collect adequate damages.

In Bellevue, plaintiffs have limited time to bring personal injury cases. Wash. Rev. Code § 4.16.080 establishes a statute of limitation of three (3) years, and to preserve their rights, the injured party must raise allegations within this timeframe. If you do not meet the timeframe, you may have your case dismissed with prejudice. If your case is dismissed with prejudice, it means you cannot refile your claims. If the court permanently dismisses your case, will lose the opportunity for court-ordered damages forever. Missing the timeframe may also negatively impact your family’s leverage during settlement negotiations.

Reach out to a Compassionate Child Injury Attorney for the Help Your Family Needs

As an injured child’s parent or guardian, your priority is to find them the medical attention they need. After securing that initial care, seek the advice of a dedicated Bellevue child injury lawyer who may ease your worries by helping your family remain financially sound. You can care for your child’s current and ongoing needs by contacting The Ye Law Firm and meet with attorney Chong Ye today. Our team is small enough to care but big enough to win.