Child Injuries

San Diego Child Injury Lawyers

Picture of Smiling ChildrenChildren have a right to safe, healthy, and happy. As parents, caretakers, and responsible citizens, it is our responsibility to work towards providing for our children. Unfortunately, it is easy for a defenseless child to fall victim to negligence, recklessness, or malice of others. When preventable injuries occur it is only right that we demand and fight for justice.

Some of the most common child injuries include

  • Choking injuries
  • Drowning
  • Playground injuries
  • School bus accidents
  • Defective toys.

Common Causes of Choking

Certain objects are notorious for causing choking injuries. Contact our child injury attorneys if your child has been injured by window cords, children’s toys, coins, batteries, and food Items to name a few. A company may be responsible for choking incidents if it produces toys or children’s products that pose a choking hazard. Caretakers may be responsible if they fail to monitor children, especially while they are eating, or if they allow children to have toys or food inappropriate for their age.

Sadly, many choking incidents do not survive their injuries. Even those who do survive may face terrible consequences, including brain damage from lack of oxygen. Brain damage can cause life-long difficulties with learning, and basic abilities like speech or vision. If your child is facing the difficult task of adjusting to a brain injury caused by a choking incident The Gould Firm can help.

Drowning Accidents

Property owners and managers have a duty to keep pool areas safe for children. If any of the following factors contributed to your child’s accident, you may have a legal claim against the responsible party. These include the lack of life preservers, depth markings, warning signs, proper lighting, lack of on-duty lifeguard, and lack of fences and gates.

While some consequences of drowning accidents are immediate and severe, other after-effects of a drowning accident can haunt a child for the rest of his or her life. These include coma, seizures, brain injuries and the consequences that come with such an event. Contact The Gould Firm today if your child has suffered from any of these injuries or ailments following a drowning accident. We will help you fight for justice against the people, companies, or organizations responsible.

Playground Injury

Every child loves to spend time at a playground. Unfortunately, a day of fun outdoors can be interrupted by a serious injury if proper precautions are not taken. In fact, thousands of children are sent to emergency rooms every year for injuries sustained on playgrounds.

The most common playground injuries are fractures, lacerations, and contusions. Most playground deaths are caused by strangulation, followed by falls. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the highest risk for these injuries. On public playgrounds, climbing equipment was named as the most dangerous toy. The Gould Firm injury lawyers are here to help in the event your child has suffered a preventable injury on a public or private playground. We can help you obtain the compensation your child deserves.

School Bus Accidents

School buses are used as a basic form of transportation by children on a daily basis. Bus drivers have a responsibility to safely deliver their passengers to and from school. Despite this, dozens of innocent children die each year as a result of school bus accidents. If your child has sustained an injury from a school bus accident, then you have a legal right to claim compensation from the responsible party.

School bus drivers should be properly trained in how to safely handle their vehicles. This includes instruction in both proper bus operation and making the safest travel decisions. When bus drivers do not adhere to proper bus handling protocol or traffic laws, they put dozens of vulnerable children in harm’s way. The most common causes of fatal school bus accidents include poor training, overloading, faulty brakes, travel in bad weather, fatigued driving, violation of speed limits, failing to yield, aggressive driving and even, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your child has suffered an injury in a school bus accident, contact The Gould Firm today.

Defective Children’s Products Defective Toys

Many injuries to children are caused directly by contact with toys. These include exposure to lead paint, mercury, choking and strangulation, child crib injuries, bicycle helmet injuries, defective trampolines, and defective sports equipment.

Taking Legal Action

If you have lost a child in a preventable accident, or if your child has suffered permanent injuries due to such an accident, your civil action will not provide true compensation for your loss. However, it can help your family avoid serious financial problems. Taking action against a negligent party can also help prevent future accidents. To learn more contact the attorneys at The Gould Firm today. We are here to help.