Experienced Spokane Child Injury Attorneys
There Is Nothing More Important than the Safety of Our Children
Nationally, up to 33 children die every day because of preventable injuries.
Children are among the most vulnerable in society and when a child is
severely injured it is not unusual for the impact to extend beyond the
boundaries of the immediate family.
Sweetser Law Office receives calls from all over Washington State from parents when their
child has suffered a devastating injury. Our experienced attorneys and
investigators are committed to protecting each child’s future by
obtaining fair compensation for their injuries.
deaths should not be occurring at the hands of those entrusted to keep our kids
safe. Schools, day cares, and caretaking services must supervise and provide
for children's basic needs. There is no justification for negligent,
reckless, careless or abusive actions that cause injuries to innocent children.
As a parent, you have the right and responsibility to bring the
lawsuit on behalf of your child or as "guardian ad litem." The lawsuit
will look out for the best interests of the child by compensating his
or her losses, and expected future losses. Typically, a guardian is appointed
by the court to approve any settlement and to recommend how funds should
be invested, preserved, and structured to meet the needs of the child.
The funds are set aside for the child until he or she reaches the age of 18.
Most Frequent Child Injuries according to the US Centers for Disease Control:
Bicycle accident injuries can be caused by defects in bicycles or bicycle
helmets, the negligence of other bicyclists or drivers of motor vehicles,
or the negligent maintenance of bicycle paths. Our bicycle accident attorneys
have extensive experience with bicycle accident cases and will work to
achieve justice for your injured child.
During a mother’s pregnancy or the delivery of the child, children’s
birth injuries are often caused by medical malpractice. Deprivation of
oxygen to a fetus or newborn can cause asphyxia birth injuries. Some of
the most common types of birth injuries are cerebral palsy and "HIE"
(hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy), both of which result in long term damage.
A child’s brain injury may be caused by of pediatric malpractice
during the pregnancy or during the child’s delivery. If your child
has sustained any type of birth injury, our experienced team can help
you obtain financial damages from the medical professionals responsible.
Children can be severely burned due to someone’s negligence or a
defective product. Contact burns from touching a stove or hot water heater
often occur when the child is not properly supervised. Items left out
such as scalding water, electrical circuits, or fireworks are hazards
to playful children. Our child burn injury attorneys handle a wide variety
of burn injury cases.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common injury to
children under one year of age is accidental suffocation. Children’s
swallowing, gag reflexes, and throat capacity are not the same as an adult.
Children have a tendency to place objects in their mouths, so they are
particularly vulnerable to serious choking injuries or suffocation. Products
that pose choking hazards like toys with small, removable or easily breakable
parts, to adult products with smaller parts, are dangerous to leave out
when children are around.
The leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children are fall-related according
to the Center for Disease Control. Parents expect their children to be
safe while they are in their cribs, yet cribs and crib products often
dangerously designed for use by small children. Children are caught and
strangled when their cribs slats are too far apart, or crib bumper pads
with strings wrap around the child's body. Crib mobiles with small
parts lead to choking injuries. The manufacturers of these defective children’s
cribs may be held legally responsible for injuries or deaths caused by
the product’s defect.
Daycare Supervision, Neglect, or Abuse
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services,
daycare providers are one of the most common perpetrators of abuse and/or neglect.
Daycare injuries are more common than many parents realize. Most daycare providers are
safe and careful, but many inadequately supervise children. When a child’s
injuries are caused by the negligence of a daycare center and/or its employees,
the center and employees can be held accountable.
Dangerous equipment on playgrounds or negligence playground supervisors
can result in a child’s injury or death. Private playground owners,
maintenance companies, or playground employees can be held liable for
unsafe environments on the playground and lack of supervisions to protect
the child. Trampolines, sports related injuries during recess, nasty falls
at summer camp, or swimming pool drowning are all worth investigating
to determine if they could have been prevented by thinking safety first.
School Bus Crashes
Beyond the age of 4, traffic crashes are most likely to claim a child’s
life. School bus crashes can cause serious injury or death to school children.
The injuries can be a result of bus driver negligence, where bus drivers
allow children to run around a bus, and a crash occurs. The private owners
of buses who fail to maintain buses can be negligent. The maintenance
company hired by the owner of a bus can be liable for a child’s
injuries. Employers of school bus drivers can be responsible for injuries
caused by the driver’s negligence.
Swimming Pool Drownings
Children between ages 1 and 4 are more likely to drown than any other age
group, according to the Center for Disease Control. Drowning can be fatal,
but the deprivation of oxygen can result in non-fatal injuries such as
brain damage. Land or property owners with pools or other bodies of water
may be held legally responsible for the drowning or brain damage of a child.
Toxic or Defective Children’s Toys
Children's toys can be defective, toxic, and unsafe for a child’s
use. Some toys contain small parts and cause children’s choking
injuries or deaths. Others are coated with paint containing lead. Lead
can cause brain damage, organ damage, or even death. Educational toys
with buttons, batteries or magnetic pieces ingested by a child can be
perilous to a child’s health.
Speak to a Child Injury Attorney Now
Whether your child has been hurt in a
car crash or a
bicycle accident, on a playground or at a pool, by a
defective toy or a
botched medical procedure, or due to
childcare neglect or sexual abuse, only by seeking accountability can you prevent such things
from happening to another child.
Washington State law recognizes that a child, by nature, is less fearful
than an adult, and that children do not always appreciate the risks associated
with play. For example, the “attractive nuisance doctrine” requires a landowner to alert children about dangerous conditions
on their property which children might be attracted to. Properties with
high rise structures, or an open pool, are required to take extra precautions
to prevent children from these risks. By enforcing these rules the law
protects life threatening injuries from happening to other children.
An injured child can often have medical complications and employment challenges
as they mature; injuries that can be permanent and life altering. Injuries
can have psychological implications, such as cognitive delays or emotional
difficulties, in addition to physical consequences, such as damage to
a child’s growing brain. It is important that the child’s
future be protected. Our attorneys regularly consult with life care planners,
pediatric neurologists and early childhood development specialists, who
can calculate the financial impact of a childhood injury by projecting
future medical needs and lost earnings.
Has your son or daughter been injured in an accident? Do not hesitate to
give our firm a call or fill out a
free case evaluation.