Washington Child Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Help for Kids Hit by a Car While Walking in a Crosswalk
As a parent, your children's welfare is your greatest concern. Every time you let them out of your sight, you're concerned about their safety in an increasingly dangerous world. But as children grow and mature, you must grant them more autonomy and freedom. Because you can't hold their hands forever, it is vitally important to teach your children to obey traffic laws, signs, and signals as early as possible.
Statistics show that children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. This is largely due to the fact that children are smaller and less visible, as well as sometimes unpredictable in their behavior. For this reason, the law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers when driving where children are known to congregate and play, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, and neighborhoods with young families. This is why speed limits are often reduced in school zones.
If you have lost a child or had a child injured by a motor vehicle, you have a right to make a claim for your losses. To find out more about your legal rights and options as a parent, you'll need to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Seattle. For over four decades, the attorneys at the Renton, Washington, law offices of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., have been fighting for the rights of injured pedestrians, young and old. Let us help you get through this difficult time and see that you're fully compensated for your losses. Call (888) 228-3860 today, for a free consultation.
Compensation for Injuries to Your Child in Seattle
If your child was injured as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the initial injuries (skin grafts, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgeries, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish of the child and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate the child's injuries
- Special equipment needed for the child's care
- Costs of special schooling and tutoring if needed
- Lost wages if you have to miss work to care for the child
- Loss of career or earning potential if you or your partner has to quit a job or work fewer hours to care for the child
- Costs of in-home care
- Loss of joy of life for the child, if injury prevents him or her from partaking in activities formerly enjoyed
Child Wrongful Death Damages in Washington
In the tragic event that you have lost a child in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the child before death
- Mental anguish and costs of emotional therapy
- Destruction of the child–parent relationship
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, and consortium
Common Injuries in Child Pedestrian Accidents
While any injury to a child is unfortunate, the most common injuries that occur after a pedestrian accident are quite serious and even life-changing. No one likes to think about these kinds of things, but it is important to understand what can happen. Common injuries include:
- Head and Brain Injuries: Among the most serious and potentially fatal injuries that can occur after a vehicle–pedestrian accident are those involving the head and brain. Brain damage can last a lifetime, and even minor brain injuries often require long-term care and therapy to overcome. These types of injuries can impact the rest of a child's life, which means there may be costs and issues involved that are very difficult to predict.
- Facial Injuries: Injuries to the face can be fairly minor yet still have long-lasting impact on a child. Some are accompanied by brain damage or sensory loss. Even injuries that do not have “serious” consequences can be traumatic for a child, especially if there is scarring or disfigurement.
- Spinal Damage: Spinal injuries are incredibly dangerous and can have terrible long-term consequences. Even minor spinal damage often comes with tremendous pain that may require surgery or extensive physical therapy to overcome. More serious injuries to the spine often involve partial or full paralysis that can affect the rest of a child's life.
- Internal Injuries: Injuries to internal organs might not always leave external scars, but they are dangerous. Surgical treatment is often necessary, and these injuries can be fatal. Hospital stays and treatment can be very expensive and difficult for families to handle. This additional stress and pressure on children and their families is grounds for damages in a civil suit.
- Loss of Limb: In some cases, an accident can cause so much damage to hands, feet, arms, or legs that amputation occurs. This might happen during the impact with a vehicle, or be required surgically after the fact. The resilience of children often allows them to adapt to such changes and maintain a healthy, positive outlook in life; even so, anyone who causes such injuries should be held liable for the costs.
- Sensory Loss: Injuries to the head, face, and other areas can also cause the loss of senses, such as sight and hearing. Such sensory loss can greatly impact a child's future lifestyle and well-being. Though these may not be life-threatening injuries, they are still quite serious and require long-term treatment or therapy to overcome.
- Broken Bones: Though broken bones may be fairly common for children as they grow up, they are still serious. Fortunately, as children continue to grow, their bones are often able to mend and heal, but some long-term consequences may be involved (such as never recovering full use of the limb). Even a short recovery from a broken bone involves pain and difficulty.
- Lacerations and Minor Injuries: Cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries are certainly less severe than brain or spinal damage, but any injury may cause trauma and unnecessary stress in the life of a young boy or girl.
We at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., sincerely hope you never need our services. But should an unfortunate event occur, you know that you will receive our sensitive support and guidance. Just call our Seattle child pedestrian accident lawyers at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
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