Under California law, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim involving a child is typically one year after his or her 18
th birthday, except in situations where the defendant is a government or public entity. The child’s parent or guardian can file a suit on the minor’s behalf anytime prior to legal adulthood, but in many cases, it may be better to wait until the full extent of the injury, damages and future treatment needs are better understood.Traumatic brain injury, severe fractures, soft tissue injuries to muscles or joints, or facial scarring can all present special treatment challenges in growing patients, and the course of recovery can be unpredictable. If you’re seeking compensation in a pediatric injury case, allow Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation to help. We represent victims throughout Central and Northern California — call us today at (408) 292-2434.
Injuries To Growing Children Are Not Always Easy To Evaluate
Child injury claims are frequently difficult to assess, even when liability is relatively clear, because of complications caused by future surgeries, medical treatment, and/or rehabilitative therapy. For example, in severe burn injury cases involving children, the sequence of surgeries might last 10 to 15 years depending on the age of the victim and the extent of the burns.
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At Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation, our
personal injury attorneys are experienced with child injury litigation and can advise you on the best approach to take given the specific circumstances of your case. Even if we determine that it would be premature to file a formal suit, we can still investigate and document the facts bearing on the defendant’s liability, so the critical evidence of negligence will be available whenever the damage elements of your case are ripe for suit.
We also provide second or third opinions for clients represented by other counsel when your case has progressed to the stage where you must decide whether or not to accept a serious settlement offer. Without interfering with your attorney-client relationship, we can help analyze the adequacy of a given proposal in light of your reasonable treatment needs. To arrange for your initial consultation,
send us an email via our contact page, or call us at (408) 292-2434.