child injury

York, PA Child Injury Lawyers

Caring representation for injured children throughout York County

All parents fear for their children’s health and safety. Natural injuries are part and parcel of childhood. But when a child has an injury unnaturally thrust upon her as a result of someone’s wrongdoing.  The more egregious the wrongdoing, the more severe the injuries, the harder it is to cope with – which is where we step in to help.

At KBG Injury Law, our York, PA personal injury lawyers understand the unique challenges in filing legal claims on behalf of your children. We work with your doctors to verify your child’s injuries, understand the treatments needed, and how the injuries may permanently affect his/her childhood and adulthood. As much as possible, we work aggressively to negotiate just settlements, so your child does not have to testify in court. If the insurance carriers are not making just offers, we guide you and your child through the litigation process.

What types of injuries do children suffer after a York, PA accident?

Depending on the cause of the accident, children are at greater risk of catastrophic injury than adults. Not only can an injury impact a child’s growth and development, but in some cases, what would only cause injury for an adult may be fatal for a child. Our York, PA personal injury lawyers represent children who have any of the following injuries:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Bruises, cuts, and lacerations
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Amputation/loss of limb
  • Any other type of injury

The injuries to newborns and children differ in medical malpractice cases. Children are likely to suffer cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, HIE, or other disorders if they do not receive proper care during their delivery. A child’s physical and emotional growth may suffer if the correct medical treatments are not provided.

What are the most common causes of injury for children in York, PA?

Children may be involved in the same types of accidents as adults. Our York, PA personal injury lawyers represent children who are injured by a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other vehicle. We represent children injured while walking with their parents or while visiting a store, restaurant, or any business on their own. Our lawyers represent older children who are injured while working at any type of job.

We also represent children in the following types of accidents that are especially likely to involve children:

  • Accidents involving teenage drivers. Teens often take more risks when driving than adults because of their lack of maturity and their thinking that they’re invulnerable. Teenagers are generally just as likely, or more likely, to be involved in:
    • Distracted driving accidents. Teenagers often text while driving, use their hands to hold a smartphone to talk, adjust entertainment systems, and turn their heads to talk to their friends.
    • Speeding and other traffic violations. Teens often explore the joys and dangers of driving fast. Many teens don’t know how to drive in bad weather such as rain, snow, or fog.
  • Dog bites. Young children fail to appreciate that a dog that is upset may bite them. Dog bites can cause scarring and disfigurements. Untreated infections can cause severe disorders or even death.
  • Attractive nuisance accidents. Young children are often tempted to explore. This may lead them to use a swimming pool or a trampoline on a neighbor’s property. Property owners may be liable if a child is injured on their property – unless the property owner takes steps such as building a fence to ensure children don’t enter properties that are dangerous.
  • Product defects. Some products are especially dangerous for young children. Dangerous products include some toys, cribs, and anything that might cause a child to choke or suffer burn injuries.
  • Sports injuries. Schools and organizations that have sports activities for children should ensure that a coach or other adults properly monitor the activities.

There are special precautions adults need to take to ensure children aren’t injured. For example, there are laws that regulate the type of seats young children need, and when children must sit in the rear seats.

What are the unique challenges in child injury claims?

Our seasoned York, PA child injury lawyers understand the unique legal and practical issues involved with childhood injury claims. Some of these issues are:

  • Who files the claim. Normally, the parents file the claim on behalf of their children. In some cases, such as where there isn’t a competent parent, guardian ad litem may need to be appointed for the children.
  • Working with children. Our lawyers understand how to get children to explain what happened. Getting children to express themselves can be difficult especially if they’re very young. We work with doctors (if your doctors aren’t able) who understand how to get children to state where they’re hurting, and what their symptoms are.
  • Comparative negligence. Generally, in Pennsylvania, children under the age of seven cannot be negligent. Children between seven and 14-years-old are generally presumed not to be negligent depending on their age, maturity, and how the accident happened. That presumption can be rebutted, though.
  • Handling the recovery. Generally, any recovery for a minor is placed into a restricted account, trust or a structured settlement agreement to ensure the settlement funds are preserved for the benefit of the injured children. Children are generally entitled to receive all the proceeds of the settlement or verdict when they turn 18 years old.

All settlements involving minors must be approved by the court.

Do you have a child injury lawyer near me?

KBG Injury Law is located at 110 North George Street. We are right in the heart of York, near Interstate 83 and Routes 30, 74 and 462. We also have offices throughout South Central Pennsylvania. We meet with children, parents, and guardians ad litem.

Speak with a respected York PA child injury lawyer today

Children of all ages rely on adults to act responsibly. When drivers speed, drive while distracted, or act negligently in any way, the drivers should be held responsible. Parents may be liable if their teenager gets into an accident. Manufacturers have a duty to anticipate that children will use their products. Property owners and other defendants should be held liable if their negligence causes injuries to your child.

At KBG Injury Law, we demand full compensation for your child’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and other permissible damages. Call us at 717-848-3838 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We represent personal injury victims and families in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Hanover, and Gettysburg.