Child Injury Attorneys in Houston
A child’s injury is a parent’s worst nightmare. Parents can’t always protect their children from every possible danger in life, but when the unthinkable occurs, they have the law to help get justice. A qualified child injury lawyer can help.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we work hard to make things better for families reeling from the fallout of a child’s serious injury. If your child has been hurt and you’re considering your legal options, contact us to schedule a free consultation.
How Child Injuries Happen
Injuries are the biggest killer of young children and teens in the United States. Every year, over 12,000 young people die from unintentional injuries, and another 9 million are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Serious child injuries and deaths are almost always preventable. In many cases, they stem from the negligent actions of a distracted motorist, inattentive babysitter, or negligent health professional, among others, which can cause unnecessary suffering. Child injuries could stem from…
- Birth injuries
- Dog bites
- Reactions to vaccines
- Drunk drivers
- Other types of vehicle accidents
- Malfunctioning playground equipment
- Lack of supervision by daycare providers
- Toxic toys
These are just a few examples. No one can take away the emotional pain when tragedy strikes, but a dedicated child injury lawyer may be able to help ensure that justice is served. The family should receive at least some degree of relief by easing the financial burden associated with medical expenses such as hospital costs, ongoing therapy, and compensation for pain and suffering.
Birth Injuries and Medical Negligence
In the womb and at birth, babies are in a particularly vulnerable state. Sometimes medical professionals fail to use proper judgment. They don’t recognize potentially dangerous conditions during pregnancy or act with a reasonable degree of care at some other point. Sometimes these failures result in harm to the infant.
If a doctor fails to meet his profession’s standard of care, they may be held responsible for medical negligence. Medical professionals may improperly employ instruments (such as forceps) or anesthesia during delivery. They may unreasonably perform a cesarean or vacuum procedure, resulting in adverse health effects for the infant. If the medical professional is considered at fault, this is sometimes referred to as labor and delivery negligence.
The possible complications of birth-related medical negligence can range from mild to severe. Adverse results include hydrocephalus (water on the brain), shoulder dystocia, uterine rupture, cerebral palsy, and RH incompatibility, to name a few. Each of these can have long-lasting effects on a person’s quality of life, possibly throughout adulthood.
Child Injuries in Vehicle Accidents
Transportation-related injuries are the leading cause of death for young people in the United States. Most of these deaths happen in car accidents, though many injuries also happen because of pedestrian and bicycle accidents with vehicles. For every death, there are many more serious injuries. Children might be injured by drivers that are…
When someone fails to drive responsibly, they should be held responsible for any injuries they cause a child. A personal injury claim gives parents the opportunity to demand payment for the costs of their child’s injuries. If you’re interested in learning more about these claims, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law and request a free, confidential consultation.
Product-Related Child Injuries
There are many products that threaten the safety of children. From toys manufactured with safety-related defects to car safety seats that have confusing or incorrect installation instructions, some of the most common products carry surprising dangers to the well-being of our kids.
Here are a few examples of products that might cause children serious injuries…
- Toys made with lead paint
- Toys with sharp edges
- Toys that present choking hazards
- Child safety seats
- Furniture that is likely to tip over
- High chairs
When a dangerous product injures a child, parents can seek compensation through product liability claims. In a product liability claim, a manufacturer is held accountable for the costs of an injury. These claims not only help injured people overcome the challenges they face, but they also establish a higher level of accountability on the part of businesses.
Why Child Injury Cases are Different
Lawsuits involving child injuries aren’t like other types of injury cases. They’re different because a child is still developing physically and mentally. Thus, the injuries they suffer can have a much greater impact than those suffered by adults. Serious injuries can leave physical and emotional damage that lingers with children for the rest of their lives.
The lifetime costs of serious injuries are much greater when children are involved. A 60-year-old who suffers a traumatic brain injury might live with the consequences of their injury for another 20 years, while a 10-year-old might be dealing with those same consequences for another 70 years. That’s 50 more years of medical treatment, diminished earning potential, and, in some cases, pain and suffering.
Because these cases are unique, parents should make sure their attorney has experience handling child injury cases. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we know how to get results that reflect all the damages a child is facing. If you’re considering filing a claim for your child, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Taking Legal Action for Your Child
Minors who have suffered physical harm at the hands of a negligent person typically have until their 20th birthday to take legal action. (***For the exact deadlines that apply to your specific claim(s), you must speak directly to a licensed attorney.***) Still, parents may consider contacting a child injury lawyer if they suspect that a person or business was responsible for their child’s injuries. In the time it takes a child to come of age and file a legal claim, many things can change. For example, physicians’ contact information tends to get misplaced, names are forgotten, and companies go out of business. The sooner a qualified attorney is consulted, the quicker the family will know whether they have grounds to receive financial relief.
You have the right to explore your legal options. When a child is harmed because of someone else’s carelessness or poor decisions, a family should not need to carry the burden. We believe that injured children deserve justice, and our team is dedicated to getting the compensation that our clients need to overcome the challenges they are facing.
TERRY BRYANT AND HIS TEAM ARE READY TO HELP
Terry Bryant has been hard at work helping injured children for more than 3 decades. Bryant works with a carefully selected Houston-based team of trial lawyers and support staff to fight for maximum recoveries for their clients – victims and their families.
Bryant and his hand-picked team have successfully litigated numerous child and birth injury cases, helping many families achieve the comfort of a measure of justice in a court of law, as well as the financial compensation they deserve.
We want to hear your story and help you better understand your path to compensation. We know how difficult this time is for you and your family. Our team makes it a priority to help our clients find the care they need. We take your pain seriously, and we do all we can to help you get the payment you deserve. Contact us now for a free consultation.