Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child?
It’s one thing to bring your own personal injury claim to court for the damages you’re owed. After all, you’re an adult with the legal right to file a claim. But children are often hurt by the people who should be taking care of them. While minors aren’t of a legal age to sue, they do have the right to compensation for their injuries, as well.
As such, you might be wondering if you can bring a personal injury claim on behalf of a child in Alabama, and the answer is that you should be able to. However, you will have to deal with unique rules because the person injured is a child. You may need the assistance of an Alabama personal injury attorney at the Henry Dailey Law Firm.
Filing a Claim for a Minor
If you’re the parent or legal guardian of the child who has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, parts of the injury claim process will be the same as they would be for an adult. You’ll need to indicate who caused the child’s injuries. Some of the most common claims involve the following:
- Negligent day care or school professionals
- Defective products
- Car accidents
If your child was injured in a situation like this, you’ll need to determine who’s responsible for his or her injuries. You’ll also need to determine how much compensation your child is owed.
The major difference is that the child can’t legally file a claim on his or her own. You’ll need to act as the child’s parent or guardian, and an attorney may be necessary to ensure that the child receives the compensation he or she deserves.
Negligence of the Child
But what if your child might have been partially responsible for the accident? Maybe your child got away from you in a store and slipped and fell or didn’t otherwise take the proper care to avoid an accident. For adults in Alabama, acting negligently means a dismissed case.
But this isn’t always true for children. Young children don’t fully understand risk, which means they can’t be held responsible in the way an adult would be held responsible. A qualified lawyer can show that your child deserves compensation from the liable party.
Getting the Compensation Your Child Needs
No matter what injuries your child has suffered, he or she deserves compensation to overcome them. But how do you get that compensation? Can you bring a personal injury claim on behalf of a child?
The answer is yes, but you’ll also need to be prepared for the differences between filing as an adult and filing for a child. Fortunately, the team at the Henry Dailey Law Firm is here to guide you through the process. Get started with a free consultation by calling 205-995-2412 or filling out the form below.