No. Adults typically bring lawsuits for injuries at a greater rate than children. This does not mean they don’t face as much harm but it does imply a discrepancy in actionable damages. However, children do face injury more often in certain categories of incidents such as dog attacks, bike crashes, and other areas.
Why Do Adults Get Injured More Than Kids?
What we find is not so much that adults are injured more than kids but, rather, that they bring action against the offender more than children. This can be the case for many reasons. First of all, adults obviously have more resources to bring a case. Second, adults have a better appreciation for their rights and for the redress of them. Third, issues of evidence and what transpired are better reconciled by adults than children. Finally, the culpability of adult parties to an incident is often easier to determine than who was at fault amongst children. These reasons should show you why we see adult injuries in Illinois courts more than we see actions on behalf of children.
How Can Children Make A Case For Damages?
Though children’s cases for injuries might be rarer and harder to make, that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth doing. Any child can be the victim of medical malpractice, car accidents, animal attacks, or countless other kinds of harm. When this happens, serious injuries and long-term damage are likely to come as well. To ensure that children get everything that they need to move on, it is important to act quickly. Speak with the child and record any memories he or she has. Gather any evidence that remains. Obtain the contact information of the other parties involved in the incident. Contact the police if the child’s safety is threatened. These are just a few of the things a child and his parents must do to make a case for damages. The rest should really be handled by a qualified attorney because it involves significant legal work.
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The foregoing just briefly identifies a few differences in personal injury litigation between children and adult plaintiffs. Needless to say, there are many more. To better understand how children fit into the legal system and how best they can take advantage of it, contact Rosenfeld at (888) 424-5757. We have spent many years learning the intricacies of personal injury law and how it relates to kids. You need someone to cut through the complicated mess of Illinois courts. We can do that for you.
For additional information see the following pages:
- How Are Children Injured?
- What Can a Child Obtain in a Personal Injury Case?
- What Are Child Injury Laws?
- What Is Institutional Child Abuse?
- What Can I do If I Have Been Harmed or Know a Child That Has Been Harmed?
- What Are Child Injury Cases Worth?
- What Resources Are There For Injured Children?
- How Can a Lawyer Fight For Your Injured Child?
- What Medical Injuries do Children Suffer?
- What Are Typical Childhood Injuries?
- Do Children Get Hurt More Than Adults in Hospitals?
- Can I Spank My Child?
- Can I Get in Trouble For Falsely Reporting Child Injuries?
- Do Children's Injury Cases Normally Settle or Go To Trial?