You are your child’s greatest protector. After a car accident leaves your child injured, you want to do everything possible to ease your child’s physical, emotional, and future financial suffering. However, pursuing compensation for damages can be difficult and overwhelming. That’s why it’s beneficial to hire an attorney with experience in child injuries.
Your Child’s Rights and Financial Recovery
Children under the age of 18 do not have the legal right to bring a lawsuit even if they are the ones hurt in an accident. Instead, Virginia law allows a minor’s “next friend” to sue on behalf of the child—typically either or both parents.
Generally, you have two years to file a lawsuit on behalf of your child. If you fail to take action, your child has two years from the time he turns 18 to file. However, by then it could be too late. Evidence may be difficult or impossible to find, and your child may not get a fair recovery.
Pursuing a lawsuit now allows you to protect your child’s potential recovery of damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses including rehabilitation therapies
- Future lost income
- Past and future out-of-pocket costs
- Past and future pain and suffering
Call a Northern Virginia Child Injury Lawyer for Help
You want your child to make a fair recovery for the injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, but when you’re focused on your child’s physical and emotional healing, pursuing compensation can be a challenge. You likely don’t have a lot of time to consider the legal and financial aspects of your child’s recovery.
Our experienced child injury lawyers can help. We would be pleased to help you help your child. When you hire us, we will handle all aspects of your child’s case, so you have the time and energy to take care of your family. Call us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. Find out if we are a good fit for your family and how we may be able to help you through this difficult time.