It is common for kids to experience minor scrapes and bruises throughout their childhood. While many of these injuries have no significant impact on a child’s overall well-being, certain types of accidents could lead to severe health issues in the future.
If your child was recently injured due to someone else’s negligence, you could hold the at-fault party responsible. Consider working with a Tucson child injury lawyer who could pursue your claim and help you get the compensation you need. A diligent accident attorney could stand by your side through every step in the legal process.
From climbing on playground equipment to playing sports in the neighborhood, injuries to minor children can occur anywhere. Fortunately, a vast majority of wounds sustained in youth are mild and do not require significant medical treatment.
However, certain accidents often lead to severe damages when minors are involved. Common incidents resulting in child injury claims include:
A knowledgeable attorney with experience handling child injury cases could review a plaintiff’s and advise the filing party on how to proceed with bringing a cause of action.
A “minor child,” as defined under the Arizona Revised Statutes § 1-215(22), is any person under 18 years of age. Because minors lack the legal capacity to file a claim on their own, an injured person may have an eligible party bring a cause of action on their behalf. According to A.R.S. § 12-641, a child injury claim may be brought by either of the minor’s parents or legal guardians.
Minors who wish to file a claim on their own may wait until they are 18 years of age. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for a party to file a personal injury claim is typically two years from the date of injury. Although, if the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the minor reaches legal age. A person injured in a childhood accident has two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a claim, as specified under A.R.S. § 12-502.
If a minor sustains an injury at a very young age, waiting to file a lawsuit could be detrimental to the case. As time goes on, evidence might get lost, and witnesses may be difficult to track down. An attorney familiar with cases involving minors could provide more information about the advantages and disadvantages of waiting to file a claim.
If your child has suffered injuries in a preventable accident, you may be experiencing a lot of emotional pain. Our legal team understands that the safety and well-being of your children is a top priority, and our compassionate attorney could help you recover the damages you need to cover your losses. Contact us to speak with a Tucson child injury lawyer about your case.