As a parent, there is nothing more important than keeping your child out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, and if your child has recently sustained an injury due to another party’s negligence, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help your child heal. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland personal injury attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you and your child through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if my child is injured in an accident?
If your child is injured in an accident, you should take several steps to document the incident, including the following:
- Call the police. They will document the incident and send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
- If your child was injured in an auto accident, ensure you ask the other driver for his or her insurance information. If your child was injured on someone else’s property, notify the property owner of the accident.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Ask anyone who saw the accident for their name, phone number, and email address so they can corroborate your claim later.
- Ensure your child receives immediate medical treatment.
- Retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof.
Can I sue on behalf of my child if he or she is wrongly injured in an accident?
Fortunately, in Maryland, you can sue on behalf of your injured child. These personal injury claims have two parts: economic and non-economic damages. Essentially, economic damages deal with the tangible damages associated with the cost of an injury, such as the cost of medical bills, in-home care, physical therapy, and more. On the other hand, non-economic damages deal with the very real, albeit intangible damages associated with an injury, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to personal injury claims. Essentially, the statute of limitations is the timeframe by which you will have to sue the party responsible for your injuries. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, under most circumstances, three years. With a minor, you sometimes have until your child’s 21st birthday to make a claim.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.