If your child has been injured, contact an experienced Massachusetts child injury lawyer at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. of Cambridge and Quincy. Our lawyers have over 20 years of experience obtaining just compensation for children and families.
When your child or a young family member is seriously injured or killed, life changes. You are fearful, have many questions and want to act immediately to protect your family's best interests now and in the future.
There are sensitive issues that must be promptly addressed. You need to determine how the child will obtain the medical care he needs. Over the long term, you must consider the cost of medical care and what opportunities your child may lose as a result of the accident. While these issues may seem far away, you must also consider that your child may not be able to fully attend college or participate in the career of his choice.
You may face a statute of limitation on how long you have to file a claim. Contact us today to preserve your full rights. Call us today at 617-225-2100 or use our online form.Types Of Accidents Affecting Children
- Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidents are the most common cause of accidental death among children. They also result in many serious injuries, including permanent disabilities such as paralysis or head injury.
- Traumatic brain injury: Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths in this country. Children ages 0 to 4, teenagers age 15 to 19 and adults 65 and older are most at risk for sustaining traumatic brain injury in accidents.
- School bus accidents: Parents expect their children will be safe riding the bus to school, but there are hazards when bus drivers fail to follow safety protocol or other drivers on the road are negligent. Most school buses in Massachusetts do not provide seat belts to prepare for collision. In addition to school bus accidents, students can suffer injuries from lack of supervision and when boarding and departing the bus.
- Dog bites: Young children are the most frequent victims of dog bites. A bite can leave a child with permanent scarring, disfigurement and require multiple surgical procedures, while causing severe emotional trauma.
- Lead-based paint: Many older homes and apartment buildings have lead-based paint. Lead-based paint is hazardous to both children and adults. In children, it can cause irreversible brain damage and impair mental and physical development.
- Medical malpractice and birth injuries: Birth injuries are caused by negligent medical care before, during and after birth. Birth injuries can also occur when an expecting mother takes a prescription medication and is not fully informed of how it can affect her child. In these cases, pharmaceutical manufacturers may be held liable for not providing proper warning.
- Sports injuries: Children and teenagers in the United States suffer about 3.5 million sports injuries each year. Brain injuries are the leading cause of sports-related death in children. About 60 percent of these personal injuries occur during practice.
- School bullying: Awareness is increasing in Massachusetts about the long-term effects of bullying on students. Massachusetts has recently implemented laws criminalizing bullying, but there may also be additional protection and compensation for victims through the civil courts
- Daycare: The state has special regulations for daycare facilities. When providers fail to meet these requirements, they may face state penalties, criminal action and be held liable in civil court, especially if a child is injured. A daycare facility has a responsibility to hire competent staff and provide them adequate training, maintain staff levels and keep a safe and secure facility. Daycare owners and operators may be held liable in cases of physical or sexual abuse of a child, falls, a child wandering away from the facility into traffic and other accidents that result from their negligence.
The Massachusetts child injury lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. are experienced at advocating for injured children and teenagers. Massachusetts laws protecting children are distinct from adults. If your child has been injured or killed, contact an attorney who specializes in child personal injury cases. At Bellotti Law Group, we pride ourselves in partnering closely with clients and working to understand their individual concerns. Call us today at 617-225-2100 or use our online form.