New York parents and legal guardians are responsible for children in many ways. They are obligated to provide their temporal needs of food, shelter and clothing. If a child suffers a serious injury, even more attention and care may be needed to help in recovery. When a permanent brain injury has been suffered, that extra care may be necessary for a lifetime.
There are numerous ways in which a child might become injured. Sometimes, falling off playground equipment or getting hurt during a sports event sends a child to the hospital for treatment. Some situations are quite serious, especially those that occur in car accidents or through medical errors.
If another person has been negligent in some way to cause a child permanent brain injury, parents and/or guardians may seek restitution on the injured child’s behalf. This is typically done by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court against the party or parties deemed responsible for the injury. Successfully litigated claims may provide compensation that can help parents offset tremendous costs associated with their child’s condition.
Listening to witnesses recount the details of a serious car accident in New York, or recalling a surgery-gone-wrong that resulted in a child’s brain injury may be very stressful for a parent or guardian. A lawyer is often able to remove some of that stress by speaking and acting on behalf of a plaintiff in court. An attorney can also help parents identify possible liable sources and determine the monetary damages available in a particular situation.