The worth of cases involving child injuries depends on a number of factors including injuries of the plaintiff and culpability of the defendant. Also, it depends on how many people or entities took part in the alleged wrongful conduct. Continue reading to understand what a suit’s value could be.
Case worth. This is the most important issue to many children and their families if the child has been involved in a personal injury or medical malpractice incident. This is the threshold question that many Chicago residents face when deciding whether or not to proceed with a lawsuit. It takes a lot for victims to face their accusers. Many painful and scarring memories resurface and lots of time that could be spent on recovery is lost. What we try and focus on in ascertaining case worth is the costs and suffering that the incident caused them.
What Do Injuries Cost Children?
Personal injuries can create countless expenses for children for things like medical bills and lost future income. It is important to keep track of these items because they are recoverable in a court of law.
This is the launching pad in recovery. It begins the discussion of what you can ask a jury for in a case involving personal injury, medical malpractice, or any other suit a child brings for damages. It is all of the out-of-pocket expenses that the incident tolls you.
For instance, in a typical personal injury accident, children have to see doctors, visit rehab specialists, take prescriptions, and bring their parents with them all along the way. In medical malpractice cases, kids normally endure similar costs as well as others that take a significant toll on their parents’ wallets. In Chicago, a lot of these expenses are a bit higher than the state and national averages because of the higher cost of living. Thus, it is plain to see that medical malpractice and personal injuries result in substantial damages and expenses; however, you should remember that you can seek reimbursement for them through litigation.
What Intangible Costs Do Children Suffer From Medical Malpractice And Other Personal Injuries?
Medical malpractice and personal injuries can harm children intangibly in several ways. Victims can suffer long-term suffering, a loss of self-esteem, and a missed sense of normalcy among other things. With competent counsel, you should seek reimbursement for these damages in a suit against the offender(s).
With medical and other forms of personal injuries, children commonly experience long-term pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, reduced living standard, and many other changes -all of which are recoverable in a court of law. In fact, these often affect kids much more than the out-of-pocket expenses and that is probably why we sometimes see much more recovery in this area than the other. For example, medical malpractice can leave children disabled for the rest of their lives.
Alternatively, personal injury accidents can leave children disfigured. It is entirely acceptable to seek damages for these intangible, non-economic harms because they hurt children just as much as the actual expenses that the events create. Therefore, after you add up all of the economic costs involved in the medical malpractice or personal injury incident, you should examine how the kid was damaged intangibly.
Why Are Organizations Responsible For A Child’s Injuries?
Any institution that takes part in, allows, or permits a child’s injuries is liable for the damages that result because the agent was acting in furtherance of the institution’s benefit.
Often times, institutions like companies, churches, and schools will employ workers or volunteers to do some of their work. When they do, those people are acting as agents of the institutions.
Common principals for medical malpractice cases can be the hospital or other company employing doctors, surgeons, nurses, or whatever person caused the injury. Common principals in child personal injury actions include construction companies, trucking companies, and manufacturing companies. Liability is proper in these situations because the principals derive some value from the employ of the agent; therefore, it is only fair that they are held accountable when the agent errors while in the service of the principal. If these agents injure children during that employ, the institution might be liable for the harms that result. This can dramatically increase the value of a case because it adds an additional injury (that of a principal) and because institutions typically have deep pockets. To read more about institutional liability in child injury cases, click here.
How Can A Lawyer Preserve My Child’s Case Value?
There are several things lawyers can do to preserve and maximize your child’s case value. First, and maybe most importantly, they can file it on time. If you don’t file it by the appropriate statute of limitations, you could lose the entire sum due to you. Second, they can efficiently investigate all people involved so that you do not miss parties that could have been liable for the abuse. Third, and finally, they can passionately present your case to the jury. Medical malpractice and general cases for personal injuries present different rules and issues for all of these objectives. Also, Chicago courts require a specialized knowledge do complete them successfully. Effective court advocacy can make the difference between paltry compensation and adequate compensation. You need to make sure that your lawyer is able to preserve your child’s case value by doing all of these things the right way.
Begin Down The Road to Recovery, Call us Today!
There are many other things that an experienced child injury attorney can do for you if your child was wrongfully injured by a medical provider or other person. We have worked with many victims and can offer you the full-range of legal services that your case requires. Don’t delay. Your case deserves the best service possible. Give us a call today at (888) 424-5757 so that our attorneys can hear your story and tell you how we can help.
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 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?
- Are Children Injured More Frequently Than Adults?
- 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?