San Jose Child Injury Lawyer
Watching children we love suffer from pain elicits horrible feelings, but knowing that the pain could have been avoided if not for the careless actions of another makes matters worse. Having mounting medical bills and missing time from work adds another layer of emotional stress. Fortunately, California law provides an avenue for parents of injured individuals to recoup losses related to their children’s injuries and the non-economic losses that their children may face in the future.
At Bohn & Fletcher, our experienced and compassionate child injury lawyers are here to help you hold those who harmed your child accountable. If you live in the San Jose area, contact Bohn & Fletcher today at (408) 279-4222 to tell us your story and learn how we can assist you after your child has suffered an injury.
Advocating for Children for More Than 20 Years
The skilled legal team at Bohn & Fletcher has more than two decades of experience advocating for people who have been injured, including children. We understand the mental anguish that you are experiencing after your child has been injured, and we remain committed to seeking justice.
Our devotion to professional excellence has resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars in damages for our clients. In a recent case, we secured a $2.8 million judgment for a victim of childhood sexual abuse. This is only an example, and we cannot guarantee an outcome for your child’s particular case, but our team will aggressively pursue the best outcome possible for your family’s situation.
Types of Child Injuries We Handle
Children might sustain injuries in a variety of ways, and they are especially vulnerable due to their smaller frames. In some cases, another party might intentionally harm your child; whereas, other times your child’s injury is a result of negligent action or inaction. Some examples of the types of child injury cases that we handle include:
- Traffic accidents. Collisions involving cars and/or trucks can cause children to suffer a wide array of injuries. Even when properly secured in a booster seat or infant seat, seat belts, harnesses, and airbags can injure your child. The pure force of impact from an auto accident can easily cause a traumatic brain injury or whiplash in a young child, resulting in chronic problems if the injury doesn’t heal.
- Bicycle accidents. Thinking about the day you learned to ride your bike conjures up warm memories for most children. Riding bikes is a great activity for kids. However, children do risk getting hit by a careless driver or crashing due to unsafe roads and sidewalks. Injuries in these cases can even be life-threatening.
- Swimming pool accidents. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 150 children under the age of 15 drown in swimming pools each summer, and almost two-thirds of all fatal drownings for those under the age of four involve swimming pools. Both public and private pool owners must maintain a safe environment for visitors. Poor maintenance such as cracked concrete and slippery pool tiles, as well as lack of proper fencing, can lead to severe or fatal injuries.
- Playground injuries. The San Jose area offers multiple parks and playgrounds for your child to enjoy, as well as playgrounds that they might use at school. When those responsible for maintaining a playground don’t do their job, children can suffer serious injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 are treated for playground injuries each year, including 10 percent sustaining traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Defective toy injuries. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), over 250,000 injuries occur each year as a result of toys. Three out of four of these injuries occur to children under the age of 15. Although many types of toys might cause injury to your child, non-motorized scooters generally cause the most injuries.
- Dog bite injuries. Young children are especially susceptible to severe or fatal dog bite injuries because of their small frames, and California has the second most fatal dog bite attacks, according to a study by DogsBite.org. Approximately half of all fatal dog bite injuries are by children under nine years old and about one quarter by children under two years old. Careless pet owners who don’t train or control their dogs need to be held accountable for their negligence. If a child does not die from a dog bite attack, he or she may still face permanent physical and emotional scars.
- Sports injuries. Parents who let their children play sports generally understand that there is a risk for injury, but full-contact sports can leave an injured athlete suffering for the rest of his or her life. Broken bones and sprains will heal, but brain injuries as a result of football, hockey, rugby, and martial arts can stunt development in children’s brains, which aren’t fully developed until their 20s.
Get the Legal Help You Need After Your Child’s Injury
Coping with the pain and stress which comes in the wake of a child’s injury can be overwhelming, even unbearable, especially when you know your child’s injuries could have been prevented.
At Bohn & Fletcher, we understand the challenges that you’re likely dealing with, and we are here to help you seek justice by holding accountable the party who harmed your child. Our skilled San Jose child injury lawyers will investigate the event(s) which led to your child’s injury and uncover relevant facts and documents to build a strong case against the defense, while you help your child heal.
If your child has been injured or harmed as a result of another party’s actions, contact Bohn & Fletcher online or by calling (408) 279-4222 to tell us your story and determine the best course of action for your circumstances.