Tampa Child Injury Attorney
When you get injured, it is painful, frustrating, and presents challenges for going about your daily life. But when your child gets injured, you want nothing more than to take away their pain and suffering. You may even want to get even with the person who caused your child such suffering.
We get it. You are the person responsible for making sure your child stays safe and, if they do suffer injuries, get the best medical care possible so they can recover.
If your child has suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation from the at-fault person or company. To find out for sure, speak with a Tampa child injury lawyer today.
Fernandez Firm Gets Results
At the Fernandez Firm, personal injury law is all we do—and we have been doing it for over 25 years. For all areas of child injuries, we could help pursue compensation so your child gets the medical attention they deserve and you do not have to worry about covering those massive expenses.
The child injury legal defense team at Fernandez Firm can help you understand how to move forward with your child’s recovery while we focus on getting you maximum compensation by holding the negligent party responsible for your child’s injuries. By taking that burden off your shoulders, we can help ease your stress and anxiety during an already emotional and frustrating time in your life.
Get the help that both you and your child deserve. Speak with a trusted Tampa child injury attorney today.
Types of Child Injuries in Tampa
Kids run into things constantly. For the most part, they may suffer minor bruises or cuts, but they do not have any serious medical issues. However, when negligence is involved, that can create a situation where a child’s injuries can be extremely severe and even life-threatening.
Last year in Florida, there were over 160,000 car crashes that resulted in injuries. That is over 400 injury crashes per day. Many of those injuries happen to children.
These injuries can happen for many reasons:
- The driver fails to properly restrain a child.
- The driver fails to install a child car seat correctly.
- A child car seat is defective.
- An airbag causes injury.
Children may face serious injuries, including:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Neck and back injuries.
- Broken bones.
Just like adults, children’s car accident injuries can be life-threatening. A child, however, is more likely to break free from any restraints in a high-speed crash because their bodies are smaller. This can seriously increase the likelihood of permanent injuries.
Birth injuries don’t just happen during the birthing process. They can include injuries suffered during pregnancy. What is most tragic about birth injuries across the board is that they often cause life-altering consequences—sometimes for both the child and the mother. Even minor birth injuries can result in extreme medical costs.
Injuries that occur during pregnancy or birth are often preventable. Many of these injuries occur because a medical professional failed to properly assess an emergency or use a medical tool correctly. Sometimes, defective tools themselves can cause these injuries.
Birth injuries can result from medical malpractice, which is another area where children often suffer injuries. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional fails to treat a patient with the care that a reasonable medical professional would in a similar situation. Aside from some birth injuries, medical malpractice can involve children in several ways.
Failure to Diagnose. When you take a child to the doctor because they are not feeling well, you expect that your doctor will conduct a thorough medical examination to accurately diagnosis your child. Sometimes, doctors are too busy to spend adequate time with each patient and this can result in a doctor finding nothing wrong.
The law calls this type of medical malpractice a failure to diagnose, and it has serious consequences. Your doctor might suggest that your child just has a cold or something minor and they should rest for a couple of days. In serious situations, a medical issue may require immediate attention, but the doctor has missed it.
Because of that, your child may suffer not only from their medical issue, but because the doctor failed to diagnose your child, they may suffer additional medical issues down the road. If this has happened to your child, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Misdiagnosis. Related to failure to diagnose is another issue with diagnosing your child’s condition. Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor sees and evaluates your child, but diagnoses them with something other than what is really wrong.
Misdiagnosis can have serious consequences. Your child may receive unnecessary medical treatment. They may take medication that they do not need. Not only can this have unintended side effects, your child does not get the care they deserve to fix their actual medical condition.
Once another doctor sees your child, or the original physician corrects their diagnosis, only then can your child begin their recovery. If this situation occurs to your child, you may have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice.
Inappropriate Treatment. Along with misdiagnosis and the unnecessary treatment that may come with that, is inappropriate treatment from your child’s doctor. Even when your doctor has accurately diagnosed your child, they may not treat them correctly. This can have unintended consequences that could leave your child worse off.
Inappropriate treatment may also come from a pharmacist who provides you with a different prescription than what your doctor called in. Here, the pharmacist makes a mistake, either giving your child the wrong medication or in a different dosage. This could rise to the level of medical malpractice and could have serious consequences for your child’s health and safety.
Surgical Error. If your child needs to undergo surgery, this can be a nerve-wracking experience for you. While some surgeries are routine, it is still scary to see your child go through something so serious. Even simple surgeries can have tragic results.
When a surgeon commits an error during your child’s surgery, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. This could come from:
- Operating on the wrong body part.
- Leaving medical equipment in your child’s body.
- Incorrect dosage of anesthesia.
Children love toys, and your child probably has a few favorites that you cannot separate them from. When you give your child a new toy or a toy they have had for years, you expect them to be safe using that toy. But when a toy does not work as intended, it can have serious consequences for your child’s health.
Toys can sometimes catch on fire, they can trap children’s small fingers, and they may even have edges so sharp that a child can cut themselves. All of these might be examples of a product liability claim. If an incorrectly built or designed toy injures a child, you may have a legitimate claim against the manufacturer or store where you bought it. You may collect compensation from the manufacturer or store.
Amusement Park Injuries
Florida has its fair share of amusement parks that are extremely attractive to children, both those who live nearby and those traveling great distances for family vacations. These rides are supposedly safe for children, but sometimes a ride does not go through the quality control process as it should or maybe a child is let on a ride when they should not have been because they are too small.
When an amusement park ride injures a child, the speed at which many rides go can cause serious consequences. If an amusement park injures your child, they may have suffered broken bones, whiplash, or even had to have a limb amputated. In these conditions, you may be able to sue the amusement park for compensation, collecting money to help you cover your child’s medical expenses and to fund their altered lifestyle.
School Bus Injuries
Your child may ride to and from school on a school bus. They may even ride a school bus on school trips or for extracurricular activities. You and your child rely on the bus driver to get your child to and from school safely every single day.
The school bus company and the school district owe you and your child that same duty. The buses must be properly maintained, ensuring the safety of each child on board. Without safety procedures in place and regular maintenance, any accident could cause your child to suffer injuries. If that happens, you may have a claim against several parties including the driver, the school bus company, and the school district.
If your child is still fairly young, you may leave them with a daycare provider while you work. You assume that the daycare provider takes proper care of your child and keeps them free of harm. If your child comes home injured after being at daycare, your provider may be responsible.
Daycare injuries can happen for many reasons and could result in broken bones or additional illness from taking another child’s medication. When a daycare facility is negligent in any way that results in your child suffering an injury, you may have a claim against them where you can collect compensation.
Whether your child plays on the playground at school or the neighborhood park, you expect that your child will not get injured by the equipment. After all, manufacturers make the equipment for children.
Unfortunately, playground equipment can degrade over time. Schools and cities may not prioritize replacing or repairing the playground equipment, which could lead to injuries. Older playground equipment may also not be subject to the same safety standards as newer playground equipment is today. This could also cause serious injuries to children who use the playground. If your child was injured on a playground, you may have a claim for damages against the property owner.
Every state has a statute of limitations, a deadline by which an injured person can sue the person or company who injured them. In Florida, children have a longer statute of limitations. To file a Tampa personal injury claim on behalf of your child’s injury, you must do so within seven years of the date of your child’s accident.
This does not mean, however, that you can wait several years before filing a lawsuit. In fact, never wait that long because witnesses may forget what they saw and evidence could go missing. Besides that, depending on the severity of the injuries your child has suffered, they may require extensive medical treatment that may be extremely costly. Waiting too long could mean you have to shoulder the burden of those costs.
The sooner you speak with a Tampa child injury attorney, the sooner you may be able to collect compensation for your child’s injuries. Do not delay another day.
Speak With the Fernandez Firm Today
Nothing is worse for a parent than seeing their child in pain. When your child suffers injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation from that person or company to help cover your child’s medical expenses and any future costs they may incur related to their injury.
To help you achieve that goal, however, you need to partner with a Tampa child injury lawyer. At the Fernandez Firm, we have been helping our Tampa neighbors for over 25 years. Clients just like you turn to us to help them recover money for their child’s injuries.
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