I'm back in the office working on cases involving injuries to children. On my desk right now is a brain injury case, an eye injury case, and a dog bite case. They are cases that need special attention. They are also and rewarding to work on because I know I'm doing good.
Here are some important considerations when handling minor-child cases:
1) The statute of limitations runs extends from the eighteenth birthday. This means there is generally speaking a longer time frame in which to make a decision about filing a lawsuit. One year from an injury case and two years for a car crash case.
2) The minor's parents must sign with the lawyer. This means the parent is running the show until the child turns 18 years old. The parent will have to make important decisions about resolving the case or filing a lawsuit.
3) Any money recovered will need to go into a blocked account. This isn't because "The Law" thinks you will mismanage your kids assets. It is because other people have done some pretty stupid things and made it so we require a judge to approve minor settlements. Once the money goes into a blocked account it will not be released until the child turns 18 absent a court order. It is possible to get the money released if it will be used "in the best interests of the child." A judge determines that standard. A computer for school is a good example of something that is in the best interests of a child Money for an expensive car at age 16 would be an example of something a judge might not approve. Some lawyers hire other lawyers to put minor resolutions through the probate court. My office does them as a matter of course.
4) You are looking at a lifetime of damages if there is a permanent impairment or injury. This means you have more damages. More for the lawyer to argue for.
I take pride in the work I do on all cases including child injury cases. If you have any further questions I'm happy to answer them.
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NOTE: I have been in Africa and this blog hasn't been updated in a while as a result.