Car accidents can be devastating for families, especially when they involve children. The damages can be costly and devastating both emotionally and financially. It’s often the case that they result in some form of settlement. Here’s what you should know about car accident settlements involving children.
“Next Friend” Claims
Because anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor, they are not allowed to legally file a claim. Therefore, in car accidents that involve children, someone known as a “next friend” must file the claim on their behalf. This claim is usually filed by either a parent or guardian.
Statute of Limitations
Each state has statute of limitations laws regarding the time a person has to file a claim for damages that result from a car accident. It’s important for you to check with an attorney regarding these time periods.
The types of potential recoverable damages include emotional and physical pain and suffering, hospital bills, ongoing medical care, physical therapy, loss of future wages, and even loss of enjoyment. There are some cases that also allow parents to recover damages from the accident as well.
Have You or a Loved One Suffered Injuries as a Result of a Vehicle Accident? Contact The Snyder Law Group Today.
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts settlements*. Please visit our website,www.410thefirm.com, for more information and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and LinkedIn.